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Welcome to the research guide for Music
If you'd like assistance with research in music, or help finding books, CDs, scores, DVDs, articles, and online resources, please contact me-- I love questions!
This guide is a work in progress, and I welcome your suggestions to improve it.
Oxford Music Online
The most authoritative and extensive encyclopedia for music is Grove Music Online, now available through Oxford Music Online. Gateway to Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference works, with more than 20,000 subject entries and 30,000 biographies, covering all genres of music.
Featured Library Resources for Music
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Citations and abstracts for significant writings on music: journal articles, conference proceedings, Festschrifts, books & dissertations, 1967 to present
Naxos Music Library
Classical and world music in streaming audio. Comprehensive, including most of the classical repertoire—over one million tracks from Naxos, Chandos, EMI, Nonesuch, and hundreds of other labels. Free mobile app available.
This resource allows a limited number of simultaneous users. Please log out via the log-out button at the top left of the screen when you are finished.
A comprehensive encyclopedia devoted to music of all the world's peoples. Available via the Boston Public Library; first-time users must register online with the BPL for an eCard, which is good for two years.
Student Library Research Awards
2021 submissions are open!
These awards were created to reward students who take the time to develop a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to the research needed for their papers and projects, as well as to encourage students to develop good research techniques.
Find out more at the Student Library Research Awards site