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RIPM provides access to the largest online collection of rare music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966. Access to RIPM permits use of RIPM's three principal publications:

  • Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1760–1966)
  • RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (Full Text) (Citations found in the Retrospective Index linked to full-text Online Archive)
  • RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals, a separate full-text collection of journals not found in the Retrospective Index/Online Archive

For more information, see the RIPM website.

RIPM is offering 30 free accounts to their index, full-text periodical archive, and e-library of music periodicals to help write Wikipedia content related to music. Active and experienced Wikipedia editors may apply for access to RIPM through this pilot collaboration; their account will be valid for a period of one year.


  • You do not already have access to RIPM through another library or institution
  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have a Wikipedia account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have made a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, and/or verification work. If you haven't been particularly active lately, preference may be given to another request
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered.


Approved editors may:

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with all of RIPM's Terms and Conditions as they appear here on the RIPM website:

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download content on RIPM
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Mine data or content without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the pilot for any commercial purpose

Private and confidential information

  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate.
  • By applying, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and RIPM. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or RIPM), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


  • Editors should always provide original citation information, in addition to linking a RIPM source permalink, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT
  • Editors should not provide bare links to non-free RIPM pages
  • Editors should note "(subscription required)" in the citation (either through the "|subscription = " variable in {{cite web}} or {{subscription required}}), where appropriate)
  • Respect the copyrights of RIPM, in line with our copyright policy and their Terms of Use
  • Editors should use consistent citations, preferably in the TWL recommended citation format below

Access to full-text content found in the RIPM Online Archive is via the Retrospective Index, an annotated citation database, or Browse mode. Citations, generated via a Search or located using Browse mode, contain annotations found in brackets [ ]. These annotations describe the content of the referenced source and provide additional keywords for access. See here to learn more about searching and browsing RIPM.

Authors are recorded in the manner in which they signed, including abbreviations and pseudonyms, and where possible, the authoritative name is also given in the "Author as Edited" field. To access this information in Search mode, click on "Full" beside "Citation" at the bottom of the screen.

Furthermore, many records reflect the hierarchical structure of articles, typical of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century journals, and contain, in addition to titles, Sections and Subsections. This results in an article having many potential "titles."

  • Do not use the words SECTION or SUBSECTION and provide any pertinent information within brackets.
  • Give author and title with any pertinent information in brackets. If no author or title is provided, place all pertinent information in brackets.
  • Include journal title, volume and issue, date, and page number(s).
  • Include the RIPM Permalink which contains a reference to the first page of the article; the permalink is in the lower right-hand corner of the Full-Text viewing window


{{cite journal |title= The Diarist Abroad. Notes (Berlin, Feb. 1860)|author= A.W.T. [Alexander Wheelock Thayer]|date=March 24, 1860|url=|journal=Dwight's Journal of Music|volume=XVI|issue=26|pages=410–11|subscription=yes|via=[[RIPM]]}}

Access to content in the RIPM e-Library is strictly via OCR-generated text without an accompanying citation database. Therefore, article titles and authors must be supplied by Wikipedia editors when citing RIPM e-Library content.

When viewing full-text pages, a short citation is always available in the upper left-hand corner.


{{cite journal |last=Llewellyn |first=Louise |title=Chicago Singer in Paris Song Recital |journal=[[Musical America]] |accessdate=24 March 2014 |volume=IX |issue=15 |pages=11 |url=|date=December 12, 1908 |registration=yes |via=[[RIPM]] }}</

Further participation[edit]

Here are a few ways you could help The Wikipedia Library effectively leverage this partnership:

  • Add {{Wikipedia:RIPM/Userbox}} to your user boxes if you have access to this database. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
  • TWL is interested in having guest bloggers. Guest blogging gives the opportunity for both The Wikipedia Library and RIPM to profile our partnership, and it gives the guest bloggers a new platform to share their editing experience with others (which is good for the Wikimedia community).