Music Guide

Villa Maria College Library

The journal articles you need for your assignments can be found in our online databases.

The complete list of databases available can be found on our website.

Articles not available in full text can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help with ILL.

Off-campus access to most online databases requires a username and password. Drop by the library to get this information.

Search for Books, eBooks, Print Journals and DVDs

The library's online catalog, Alexandria, can be used to find both books and ebooks.

Books in the standard collection may be borrowed for three weeks. Books placed on reserve by your professor will have a shorter loan period. Books not available from the library can be borrowed through AcademicSHARE or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help. To find items held by Villa and other libraries, try WorldCat.

Don't forget your Villa Maria College ID card to check out books!


Search for ebooks directly:

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)


Find current and archived journals in the South Room in the library. Print journals can be borrowed for one week. Some additional titles are also available for single issues and archives.

  • Billboard Magazine (Current issue kept on reserve for MUI 107 and 307. Also available online from both Gale and EBSCO)
  • Downbeat
  • Guitar Player
  • Instrumentalist
  • Jazziz (Includes CD)
  • Modern Drummer
  • Opera News
  • Rolling Stone

Online Encyclopedias

With quick, factual questions or to get a basic overview of a topic, try an encyclopedia:

Britannica Online

Additional Resources

African American Sheet Music from the John Hay Library at Brown University

This digital collection represents a portion of the full collection housed in the John Hay Library at Brown University. The selection of sheet music is from between the 1850s and the 1920s.

Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum from the Mississippi State University Libraries

This digital museum includes over 20,000 pieces of sheet music, a collection of images of music players, and a collection of recordings.

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music

The leading resource for the study of medieval music manuscripts.

Historic American Sheet Music from the Duke University Libraries

This digital collection from the Duke University Libraries offers over 3000 pieces of American music from between 1850 and 1920.

International Music Score Library Project's Petrucci Music Library

This music library provides access to music scores that are in the public domain. This website is designed as a wiki and scores can be searched for or browse the collection by composer, nationality, time period, instrument, genre or melody.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1870-1885 from the Library of Congress

Over 47,000 pieces of sheet for popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for bands and orchestras complete this collection.

Omaha Indian Music from the Library of Congress

This collection is from the American Folklife Center's collection that documents Omaha music traditions. It includes sound recordings, music and spoken word, images, fieldnotes, posters and programs.

Sheet Music Archive

This nonprofit provides open access to sheet music as well as a catalog of music recordings. Sheet music can be searched for or browsed by composer, instrument, form or period.