Here are some online music databases and general resources that can be helpful as you start your research.
Oxford Music Online, which requires Duke login credentials, includes several valuable online music references, including Grove Music Online, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion to Music.
Wikipedia can also be a good screening tool, too: it can be useful either for browsing or for initial research into a specific composer.
There are several online databases of music recordings and printed and manuscript music that can help you in your research. Note which ones require Duke log-in credentials.
Alexander Street Press, which requires Duke login credentials, includes many recordings that may be of potential interest to researchers of Women composers. Here, for example, is a short list of search results in the Classical Music section.
The Petrucci Music Library (also known as IMSLP) provides free access to digitized images of myriad printed and manuscript musical works of many composers and genres.
The Naxos music library has a wealth of recordings and resources categorized by genre and ensemble type, themed playlists, essays, and easily searchable collections.
Note: access to Alexander Street Press and Naxos requires Duke credentials; IMSLP is open-access.
If the suggested resources in this guide don't include what you're looking for, remember that the Libraries have a wealth of other resources available. Try some of these subject headings to explore further: