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Music: Background Info

Landing page and directions to all music LibGuides

Oxford Music Online

New Grove Dictionary of Music

The online version of Oxford Music Online contains the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which is a great place to start your music research!

The same resource also includes the the Oxford Dictionary of Music, New Grove Opera, New Grove Jazz, and the Oxford Companion to Music.

Search for broad categories: composer name, genre, city, etc.

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Oxford Reference - Music

Music Research Resources

Encyclopedias & General Dictionaries

Dictionaries of terms and subjects

  • Harvard Dictionary of Music
    Ref ML100 .A64 2003 

  • Oxford Dictionary of Music
    Ref ML100 .K35 2006

Biographical dictionaries

  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
    Ref ML105 .B16 2001

Dictionaries of special topics (examples)

Bibliography by topic (instrument, music genre, etc)

·      Found in Ref ML128

Bio-Bibliographies, Research Guides, Thematic Catalogs

·      Found in Ref ML134 (browse by composer last name)