Music Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
Examples of Subject searches include: music dict* (* is a truncation symbol used to search the root of a word); rhythm and blues; vocal scores
Examples of Keyword Anywhere searches are: mozart k 550; bach and goldberg variations; beethoven string quartets.
Examples of Title Keyword searches would be: jupiter symphony, parkening guitar; world music.
A Keywords in Contents and Notes search will lead you to an individual song on a cassette or CD; try: puff dragon
Note: After submitting a search, look at the symbol on the right side of the title summary screen. That symbol indicates the format of the item such as musical score, book, video or music CD.
Also Note: Librarians have created several Reading Lists, or bibliographies, for Music Department courses. On the City Cat Search page, look at the bottom of the screen and click on Reading Lists.
include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for
a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select either Reserves
by Course or Reserves by Instructor.
When you have
located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
Browsing the Library Collection
in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the
shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials
on Music include:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
|General music dictionaries and encyclopedias
| Biographies of musicians
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in Music include:
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.
editors James Porter and Timothy Rice. New York : Garland Publishing, 1998- . 10 Vol.
ML 100 G16 1998 Vol. 1, 3-10 Rosenberg Reference
ML 100 G16 1998 Vol. 1, 3-9 CD, Rosenberg Reference
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Sir George Grove. London : Macmillan Pub. ; Washington, D.C. : Groves Dictionaries of Music, 1980.
ML 100 G8863 Vol. 1-10. Rosenberg Reference
Latest edition available online at SFPL (GroveMusic.com): see note below on SFPL Electronic Resources to learn how to access it.
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
editor Barry Kernfeld. London : Macmillan Press ; New York : Grove Dictionaries of Music, 1988.
ML 102.J3 N48 1988 Vol. 1 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference
ML 102.J3 N48 1988 Vol. 2 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference
Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia
editor Bruce Murphy. New York : Harper Collins Publishers, c1996, 4th ed.
PN 41 B4 1996 Rosenberg Reference, Downtown Reference
Oxford Dictionary of Music
Michael Kennedy ; associate editor Joyce Bourne. Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, 1994 (1997[printing]), rev. ed.
ML 100 K35 1997 Rosenberg Reference
New Harvard Dictionary of Music
editor Don Michael Randel. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1986.
ML 100 N485 1986 Rosenberg Reference
ML 100 N485 1986 Rosenberg Circulating 5th Floor
for Articles in Periodical Databases
group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject.
They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full
text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences
journal v. popular magazine articles?
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the
Library either in person or online.
InfoTrac is a system providing access to many databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for music topics are Expanded Academic ASAP and InfoTrac OneFile.
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary.
Comprised of full-text articles in journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference/reports published by the ethnic and minority press. Search for the subject of music and limit by ethnicity (e.g., Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic; or African American/Caribbean/African).
Note: The Rosenberg Library subscribes to the magazine Ethnomusicology; current issues and the previous four years may be found in Periodicals.
San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) – Electronic Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers (http://sfpl.org/)
The SFPL subscribes to many periodical and reference databases. From their home page, click on Articles and Databases. Then click on a selected database, after which you must enter your SFPL barcode number (found on your SFPL library card).
The following are especially handy music-related resources you will find:
This site provides the most updated, full-text versions of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Scroll to Encyclopedias and Dictionaries, and click on GroveMusic.com.
Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection
This database contains over 300,000 pieces of music for choir and ensemble; opera scores; children’s music; popular, folk and art songs. Scroll to SFPL Created Databases, and click on Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection.
are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for Music.
If you use a search engine, such as Google,remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
Below are some examples of scholarly web sites for music. If you use a search engine, such as Google (http://www.google.com/), remember to evaluate (http://www.ccsf.edu/Library/evalweb.html) the quality of the results.
Worldwide Internet Music Resources
This very comprehensive site is offered as a service of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University.
The Classical Net web site offers a broad collection of information and news on classical music subjects including articles, CD reviews, and over 3,800 links to other classical music web sites.
For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone
at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at
the Rosenberg Library.
and Citing Information Sources
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective
methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how
to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and
how to avoid plagiarism.
Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.
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