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Music: Reference Sources

Research resources for music history, music education, and music performance

Purpose of Reference Sources

  • Quick look-up
  • Background / Overview of a topic
  • Definitions of specialized terminology
  • Directory information
  • Biographical information
  • References (bibliographies) to key works in the field

    Guides to the Literature

    These works offer guidance on which key works are available and important to your research.

    Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

    Print Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

    Searchable Collections of Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

    Biographical Sources