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Basic Music Reference Sources

Online Sources

Oxford Music Online
Home of Grove Music Online, which encompasses updated versions of the essential reference sources The New Grove Dictionary of Music and MusiciansNew Grove Dictionary of Jazz and New Grove Dictionary of Opera.  

Classical Music Library
A database of tens of thousands of licensed commercial classical recordings that users can listen to online in high quality (192 kbps) audio.

Music Periodicals Database
Covers a comprehensive range of subject areas in both scholarly and popular music journals, from 1874 to the present. Note! Many of the entries provide direct links to full-text online.  Formerly known as International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Includes citations (with abstracts) for locating articles, as well as books, dissertations, and chapters in essay collections. Coverage is 1967-present

Print Sources

(All the print sources can be found in the Schneider Music Library Reference section, unless noted otherwise.)

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd edition
ML 100 .N48 2001 (also available in Alkek Reference)
The definitive English-language encyclopedia of music. Essential. 28 volumes plus index.

New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3rd edition
ML 102 .J3 N48 2002
A 3-volume encyclopedia of jazz terms, instruments, and genres, as well as biographical and geographical subjects.

New Grove Dictionary of Opera.
ML 102 .O6 N5 1992
A 4-volume comprehensive guide to Western opera. With index to role names and first lines or arias.

The Harvard Dictionary of Music.
ML 100 .A64 2003 (also available in Alkek Reference)
A single-volume musical term dictionary, focusing on Western art music.

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 8th edition
ML 105 .B16 2001 (available in Alkek Reference ONLY)
In 6 volumes.

New Grove Dictionary of American Music.
ML 101 .U6 N48 1986 (also available in Alkek Reference)
A 4-volume encyclopedia of music.