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Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM) is the largest online collection of rare music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966


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  • 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=http://www.ripmfulltext.org/RIPM/Source/ImageLinks/1702428|journal=Dwight's Journal of Music|volume=XVI|issue=26|pages=410–11|url-access=subscription |via=[[RIPM]]}}
  • A.W.T. [Alexander Wheelock Thayer] (March 24, 1860). "The Diarist Abroad. Notes (Berlin, Feb. 1860)". Dwight's Journal of Music. XVI (26): 410–11 – 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=http://elib.ripmfulltext.org/eLibraryfacelift/Permalinks/1266369|date=December 12, 1908 |url-access=registration |via=[[RIPM]] }}</