Last Updated: May 19, 2014
Need to cite your sources? Use Chicago Style for most of your Music assignments. Music Therapy coursework should use APA.
See Purdue's excellent guide to creating annotated bibliographies: lists of scholarly sources with brief descriptions.
- Oxford Music Online
Articles about music and musicians that includes the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford Companion to Music, and Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Look here for scholarly articles and book chapters on all aspects of music: theory and analysis, performance and notation, music therapy, education, hip hop, jazz, classical, ethnomusicology, world music, and much more.
- Naxos Music Library
Listen to music online from all genres. You can browse by composer, artist, genre, and label, or use the advanced search to find music by country, period, instrument, and more. There is also a music glossary, discographies, and some biographies.
- Academic Search Premier
This general database has music articles on diverse topics, including world music and music therapy. You can find concert and album reviews by choosing "Entertainment Review" as the document type.
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Search for books on Music in the box above using keywords, for example:
|Don't see what you want? Refine by Topic on the left of the search results.
- music notation
- musical analysis
- music theory
- stringed instruments
Below are some general books on Music. See the tabs at the top for books in more specific areas.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Call Number: Reference ML100 .N48 2001 v. 1–29
Find extensive information on all aspects of music: history, styles, musicians and composers, instruments, the music of cities and countries, and much more. Also explore music in broader contexts such as feminism, modernism, and nationalism. See v. 29 to find composers by era and country.
The Oxford Companion to Music
Call Number: Reference ML100 .S37 2002
Find concise overviews of performers, composers, conductors, individual works, instruments, notation, forms, and genres, including classical, jazz, and popular music.
The Harvard Dictionary of Music
Call Number: Reference ML100 .A64 2003
Look here for brief scholarly overviews of music forms and styles, instruments, world music, and much more.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments
Call Number: Reference ML102.I5 I5 1996
Look here for images and descriptions of instruments and their place in musical history. This book covers mostly Western instruments, but some non-Western and obsolete ones are also examined.
- American Music Center
- Essentials of Music
Find composer biographies, a glossary of terms, and brief overviews of musical eras, including historical themes, musical context, and style.
- Music Theory
Animated lessons and exercises help you explore and practice the fundamentals of music. You can also find tools to calculate notes, intervals, and chords in a specific key.
Created by Meg Holle, Spring 2010