Reference Sources (Background)
The following list gives some representative titles relating to music and is not exhaustive.
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, the humanities, and social sciences contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. View a guide for finding images in the field of music history.
Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001, 29 volumes)
Ref ML100 .N48 2001
Comprehensive encyclopedia of all things relating to music. Entries often include a bibliography.
Oxford Reference Online: Music (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera, and Who's Who in Opera.
The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (1984, 3 volumes)
Ref ML102 .I5 N48 1984
Describes instruments from all over the world, as well as instrument makers and descriptions of performance techniques. Many entries include a bibliography and picture(s).
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992, 4 volumes)
Ref ML102 .O6 N5 1992
Entries for titles, composers, significant places, and terms. Entries often include a bibliography.
The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (1992, 4 volumes)
Ref ML102 .P66 G84 1992
Entries for performers (individuals and groups), including a selective discography and further reading. A bibliography of works on all topics is at the end of volume 4.
A Dictionary of Musical Themes (1948)
Ref ML128 .I65 B3
Arranged by composer, shows the notation for thousands of orchestral compositions. An index allows you identify a theme for which you know the melody.
The Library of Congress Classification for music is M:
||Sheet music and scores
||Literature on music and music history
||Music theory (instruction and study)
The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.
A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing. Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.
OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.
JSTOR (dates vary by journal; full text)
An archive of over 400 journals in many disciplines.
Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.
Librarian-selected websites related to music.
Sites of Interest to Musicologists (American Musicological Society)
Links are organized by topic, including various music genres.
A Passion for Jazz (D C DowDell)
Includes photos and posters, several glossaries, theory and composition resources, lists of books and media sources, and even a list of jazz festivals.
Aria Database (Robert Glaubitz)
Find information on over 1000 arias, including composer, opera, vocal range, setting, and translation of the text. The database is browseable and searchable in many ways, including role, composer, voice part, and range. The site also includes links to opera companies, books on operas, and other opera websites.
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines.
Specific Composers, Works, and Performers
Bach Bibliography (Yo Tomita, Queen's University Belfast)
Searchable database of articles, books, and other works on Bach.
J.S. Bach: Texts of the Complete Vocal Works with English Translation and Commentary (Z. Philip Ambrose, University of Vermont)
English translations of Bach's texts, including information on the texts' authors.
"One More Once": A Centennial Celebration of the Life and Music of Count Basie (Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies)
An online exhibit on Count Basie, including photos, musical excerpts, interviews, and more.
Digital Mozart Edition
Mozart's scores online, searchable by K number, key, category, and more.
Evaluating Sources (R-MC)
Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)
Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)
Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)
Chicago Manual of Style (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.