REFERENCE SOURCES SPOTLIGHT: Oxford Companion to the American Musical

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film and Television, by Thomas Hischak (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, xxxiv, 923 pp.), was published in 2008 and, according to WorldCat, is found at nearly 1200 libraries. New York Public Library cited it as an “outstanding reference work” that year. There is a good […]


Locating journal articles can be challenging for many undergraduate students. Using ProQuest or EBSCO platforms requires knowledge of Boolean searches, and browsing can be difficult for patrons who are not entirely sure of keywords to use. Although it is important for patrons to understand how to search databases for specific information, BrowZine offers another avenue […]

Musical Theater Songs

Musical Theater Songs is a robust database of more than 11,000 stand-alone songs and songs from shows. It covers works from Offenbach’s 1958 Orpheus in the Underworld to more recent musicals like Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen. Limited access is free and includes songs by a set of featured composers (the June 2018 composers are Irving Berlin, Peter Ekstrom, Dan Goggin, James Leisy, Alan Menken, and Lucy Simon). To receive […]

Grove Music Online Update

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A new version of Grove/Oxford Music Online was released on December 7, 2017. MLA News will host a temporary list of questions, tips, and updates about the new version, in order to share information about this new interface and its architecture. Entries are listed alphabetically within their section. Major revisions are noted in a date […]

Naxos Works: A Treat

Naxos Works Database (NWD) serves as an index to information about nearly 70,000 works (mostly orchestral and chamber, but there’s quite a wide range covered) and brief biographies of more than 4,000 composers. It was launched last year and Naxos is continuing to add a few hundred pieces every month, so this number is continually growing. […]