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Academic Search Premier
Full text database with journal articles within most subject areas. More than 4000 journals in full text, most of them peer-reviewed.
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Google Scholar
Database from Google which limits results to scientific information. Several of the biggest publishers have agreements with Google, but coverage can vary between subject areas.
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JSTOR is a fully searchable database containing the back issues of scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a bibliography which covers both popular music and classical music. Several types of media are included. The oldest posts are from 1835.
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Reference works

African American Music Reference
Comprehensive reference database on jazz, blues, gospel and other African American music. Contains biographies, encyclopaedias, sheet music, discographies etc.

Classical Music Reference Library
Contains more than 40 000 references. Covers the whole history of western classical music. Includes among others Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians and Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Digital edition of the well known reference work on World Music, first published in 1997.

Internationl Encyclopedia of Dance
Nearly 2,000 articles written by scholars from fifty countries Covers the full spectrum of dance. Cultural and national overviews, and entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.

ISI Web of Science
References to articles from the world's leading journals and other printed media. Contains seven databases providing information from a large number of journals, books, reports, working papers etc.
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The Jazz Base contains information about the history of jazz in Norway. It includes disco graphic information about jazz recordings involving Norwegian musicians from 1905 up to today.
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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance
The Oxford Dictionary of Dance offers wide coverage of dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, important films, and organizations involved in the dance world.

Oxford History of Western Music
Digital edition of Richard Taruskin's acknowledged five-volume study on western classical music.  Includes 500 images and 1,800 musical examples.

Oxford Music Online  
Contains Grove Music Online with full text editions of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Opera, and Jazz. In addition to this it also contains Oxford Dictionary of Music and Oxford Companion to Music in full text.
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Sheet music

Classical Scores Library
Contains more than 400 000 pages from musical scores and manuscripts with classical music. A link to Classic Music Library makes it possible to listen to the music and read the score at the same time.

Index to songs published in Norway. Mainly from after 1982, but some material back to ca. 1900 is also indexed. Terminated in 2011, not updated after that.
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Sound and video

The British Library Sound Archive
The catalogue includes entries for millions of recordings held in the Sound Archive and is updated daily. It is one of the largest catalogues of its kind anywhere in the world, covering both published and unpublished recordings.
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Classical Music in Video
Contains 1500 performerances of classical music, including masterclasses.

Classical Music Online
Gives access to thousands of records with classical music, from Hyperion, Hännsler Music, Sanctuare classic, Artemis, Vanguard and others.

Dance in video
Contains nearly 300 dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

MIC's catalogue section contains works of 20th and 21st century Norwegian composers

Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library is the World’s largest Classical music listening service with a collection consisting more than one million tracks of music.

Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound
Search in Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound's database.

Opera in Video
Contains about 150 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.