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Reference Tools

Research Tools

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Guides, etc.

Try these first...

bullet  Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia)

bullet  Oxford Music Online (Includes: The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music)

bullet  Oxford History of Western Music ONLINE, an amazing narrative of the evolution of Western classical music.

bullet  Harvard Dictionary of Music (via Credo Reference-provides definitions of musical terms)

Also try...

bullet  Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music (via Gale Virtual Reference Library)

bullet  Contemporary Musicians (via Gale Biography Reference Center)

bullet  Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Locations

bullet  Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry, and Society

bullet  Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and Production

bullet  Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd edition Online)

bullet  Dissertations & Theses - Full Text
   see also Interdisciplinary databases-Dissertations

bullet  Networked Digital Library of These and Dissertations
Search this database for international dissertations and theses. Worlcat is also a good option.

bullet  Emusicquest: Music In Print (scores)

bullet  The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (via Credo Reference)

bullet  The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online (via Alexander Street Press)

bullet  Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music (via Credo Reference)

bullet  Hofmeister XIX (Free on the Web)
Index to printed music, music books & periodicals, illustrations, portraits & busts of composers published or produced between 1829-1900.

bullet  Index to Printed Music

bullet  International Dictionary of Opera (via Gale Biography Reference Center)

bullet  Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the World of Opera

bullet  The New Penguin Dictionary of Music (via Credo Reference)

bullet  RIdIM
The RIdIM database is designed to facilitate discovery of music iconography images by registered researchers, and the description of such images by registered cataloguers.

bullet  RISM A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600

bullet  RISM A/II: Music Manuscripts (1600-1800) in British and Irish Libraries

bullet  US-RISM Libretto Database (13,000+ citations for libretti in the Schatz Collection at the Library of Congress), available through the University of Virginia Library's online catalogue, Virgo (include keywords such as "operas" or "librettos" to find records).
***Note that tThe Schatz Collection microfilm is held in the Yale Music Library, Microforms, Reel 1904.***


Free Reference Sources Online...

bullet  All Music Guide (lists of recordings, sound samples)

bullet  Cantus: A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant

bullet  Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online

bullet  Music Theory Online Dissertation Index

bullet  Encyclopedia of Music in Canada