Music

Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

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Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.

Databases

Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Websites

Use websites for government information, statistics and current events. It's very important to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

General music dictionaries and encyclopedias
ML100-108
Biographies of musicians ML385-429
Music History ML100-1000
Musical Instruments ML 460-467
Sheet Music ML 1507-1749
Music Appreciation MT 6-90
Instruction and Study of Music MT 6-224