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EBSCO Adds RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals

EBSCO Publishing ( announced that the RIPM (Retrospective Index to Musical Periodicals) Online Archive of Music Periodicals (FullTEXT) is now available on EBSCOhost. It provides access to primary source documents dating from 1800 to 1950. It is reportedly the only extensive collection available online of music periodicals dating from the Early Romantic to the Modern period, from Beethoven to Bartók and from Schubert to Stravinsky.

RIPM Online Archive is a full-text version of journals indexed in RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. The RIPM Online Archive's first installment contains 50 rarely available music periodicals selected by specialists, with new titles every 6 months. It can be accessed directly or through RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals.

Made available with the cooperation of libraries worldwide, the RIPM Online Archive offers an almost daily chronicle of musical activities, with immense possibilities for original research. It provides high-quality gray-scale images using the latest technology to create digitized versions of these difficult to obtain early 19th- to mid-20th-century documents. The RIPM Online Archive allows researchers to explore its content while viewing images that often convey the historical nature of the documents.

The interface designed for RIPM Online Archive offers numerous features: easy and intuitive page manipulation including a zoom feature, the highlighting of the section of the journal page corresponding to the selected record, and the use of two browser windows to view search results or an annotated calendar and the corresponding journal page simultaneously.

A detailed table of contents (calendar) introduces each journal issue, and each page view includes a complete bibliographical reference. Containing complete runs of journals at times pieced together from different collections, the RIPM Online Archive's current content and a selection of forthcoming titles are available at

RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (FullTEXT) joins a large collection of databases for music research available from EBSCO. The music collection includes RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600, Index to Printed Music, The Music Index Online, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, and RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. RIPM and RILM combine to treat music periodicals dating from 1800 to the present.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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