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Why use reference tools?
Reference books are encyclopedias, directories, and other similar books designed for east access to information. They are handy and informative, so use them as a starting point for your research. It's a quick way to find out important names and events, get ideas for keywords to use in online searching, and get an overview of your subject.
The Grove dictionaries and the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music are some of the most highly regarded music research tools. All the articles are written by scholars with expert knowledge of the topics and edited by other scholars, so you can be sure that you're getting reliable information. The African American Music Reference links you to research material in a variety of high quality sources which you can search by keywords..
Essential Reference Tools
Oxford (Grove) Music Online This link opens in a new window
With over 60,000 articles written by over 6,000 music scholars, this database is the authoritative resource for music research with an ongoing mission to chart the diverse history and cultures of music and musicians from around the globe.
Grove Music Online is the eighth edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and contains articles commissioned specifically for the site as well as articles from New Grove 2001, Grove Opera, and Grove Jazz. The recent edition of the Grove Music Online contains more than 30,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works. It also provides access to The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online This link opens in a new window
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Includes more than 1200 essays, entries by more than 700 expert contributors, and hundreds of audio examples focused on world music.
African American Music Reference This link opens in a new window
This database is part of the Music Online collection including streaming audio, video, reference, and scores on the web. Music Online allows users to cross search all of the Alexander Street Press music products that your institution subscribes to. Includes African American Music Reference, Classical Music Reference Library, Classical Scores Library, and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online.
Print Reference Materials
Reference materials can be great places to go for basic information about your topic. Here are some items available at Library that might be useful for your assignment. Note that these items must be used in the library only.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music by
Call Number: Stacks Reference ML100 .G16 1998 v.1-10
Publication Date: 1997-08-01
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music is available in print and online. (Link to online version to the right.)
The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments by
Call Number: REF ML102.I5 N48 1985 v.1-3
Publication Date: 1985-01-02
A newer edition of this set has been added to Grove Music Online. It is the most up to date version, but this version is still available in our reference collection for those who prefer print.