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Music Resources


Library materials on music may be found in the M, ML, and MT call number areas and by searching the library catalog. The following call number ranges provide more specific guidance.

M 1-1490 Instrumental Music
M 1495-5000 Vocal Music
ML -3930 Literature of Music
ML 159-3799 History and Criticism
ML 1400-3275 Vocal Music
MT 1-960 Musical Instruction and Study



Reference Works

Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music Electronic Book
The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music Electronic Book
The Harvard Dictionary of Music Electronic Book
The Penguin Dictionary of Music Electronic Book
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Ref ML 100.N48
The Oxford Companion to Music Ref ML 100.S37
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Ref ML 102.P66
Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians Ref ML 105.B16
Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music Ref ML385.C7
Composers Since 1900 Ref ML390.E833
Encyclopedia of Folk, Country & Western Music Ref ML102.F66
Who Wrote That Song? Ref ML120.U5
The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated History of Popular Music Ref ML3470.M36



Academic Search Complete is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

Humanities Search Complete provides full-text articles from journals, books and other scholarly resources within the humanites discipline.

Music Online is an online streaming music resource that contains streaming audio, video, reference, and scores on the web.


Essentials of Music provides basic information about classical music such as the six main periods in music history (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century), brief biographies, and a glossary.

Medieval and Renaissance Instruments presents information on over thirty musical instruments commonly played in early music.

Musicals 101.com - The Cyber Enclopdia of Musicals examines the history of musicals and includes song lyrics, sample scenes, guest lists and a section on how to produce your own musical.

allmusic contains ratings and reviews of more than 400,000 record albums. One may search by artist, album, song, style, or label.

Worldwide Internet Music Resources is a directory of links to music related websites and is a service from Indiana University School of Music.

Music in the Yahoo! Directory contains hundreds of links to music related sites.

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