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Music Therapy: Research Guide

Resources for Music Therapy Students


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Brendan Higgins
Stan Getz Library, Room 296
150 Mass Ave

Research Guide

Welcome to this resource guide for Music Therapy.


Use this guide to:

  • Learn how to locate articles through the library's search engine, Augmented Search
  • Explore the databases related to music therapy
  • Find books and journals that can help with your research
  • Explore specific topics related to the field of music therapy


If you have questions, please ask:

  • Your librarian, Brendan Higgins
    (contact details on the left)
  • Ask-A-Librarian


Augmented Search is the default search engine found on the library's homepage. It allows users to search both the Berklee College and the Boston Conservatory catalogs and most Berklee-licensed electronic resources, including e-books, streaming audio, e-scores and full-text articles. Although the results are extensive, it's important to note that it does not include ALL materials available online to the Berklee community.


When should I use "Augmented Search"?


You should use it when:


  • You just need a few books and articles on a topic and you want to quickly search in one place.

  • You need articles on a topic and you would like to search across multiple databases.

  • You want a book, score, CD or DVD but you’re not sure which Library would have it.


Making the most of "Augmented Search"

Use the facets in the search results!  

After running a search, you can limit the results by using the sidebar on the left. We recommend limiting by:


  • Choosing "Electronically Available" for online materials or "Offered by Berklee Libraries" for physical items in the libraries

  • Publication date, if you need more recent research or date specific research

  • Source Type, such as "Academic Journals" for articles, "Books" or "eBooks", or specific audiovisual materials. 

  • Language, if you find that you are getting many articles in foreign langauges



Other tips:

  • When off-campus, be sure to log in in the upper right corner of your results page with your Berklee OnePass - some results and content can only be shown if you are a verified member of the Berklee community.

  • Notice that not all results will provide a full-text version of the article. You may need to search further for a specific article. We suggest searching for the title again in Augmented Search (in case it's available through a different database) or searching Google for a freely accessible copy. If that does not work, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

The databases listed above are hosted by EBSCO. Pro tip: Select "Choose Databases" from above the search bar and you can search multiple EBSCO databases. In addition to the ones listed above, other good choices are:

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Academic Search Complete
Education Research Complete
Music Index


There are additional databases online, some of which have full-text articles, while others only provide indexed descriptions of existing articles.


Here is a list of some of the major journal related to music therapy research, including where you can find full text access through our databases. If you need to find a specific journal not listed here, use our Publication Finder 


Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get library materials: scores, books and articles beyond the Berklee library with interlibrary loan (ILL).
First try to find it in our catalog, not there? please fill out ILL request form.
  • ILL is available for current undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff.
  • Due dates vary and are set by the lending institution. Renewals can be requested via but are not guaranteed.
  • ILL takes time to come in give yourself 1-2 weeks for articles and 2-3 weeks for books and scores.


How do I get an article that the Library doesn’t have and isn’t available as full text online?

Request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

Most databases will allow you to email the citations directly.  When requesting articles from the library always email citations to, you must include your full name and email address somewhere in the message/comment.  Failing to do so will result in the request going unfilled.  Please use part of article title as subject title.  

 If not using the database’s interface to email a citation, you may email directly but you must include the entire citation.