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Basic Music Reference Sources

Online Sources

Grove Music Online
The online version of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, constantly updated (articles newer than the 2001 print version are date-stamped). Includes contents of New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and New Grove Dictionary of Opera

Classical Music Library
A database of tens of thousands of licenced commercial classical recordings that users can listen to online. Note: when listening, you can select a button for 22k (dial-up) or 64k (high-speed) bandwidth.

International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (IIMP)
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.

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.