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Guide to library materials for music research

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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music is the most comprehensive reference source devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. Its 10 volumes include more than 9,000 pages of entries by more than 700 international contributors. Note that the books are in the Reference section (ML100 .G16 1998, main level), and the accompanying CDs are kept at the Circulation Desk.

Selected Musical Terms of Non-Western Cultures is a specialized dictionary containing thousands of words from the music cultures of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. It is shelved in the Reference section (ML 108 .K37 1990, main level).


Welcome to the music research guide. These brief pages provide sources and links to help you get started on your research in music. For more in-depth information, check out our library's books on researching and writing about music. For individual assistance, please contact the library liaison for music, Kirk Doran.

Oxford Music Online: the definitive starting point for music research

New! Smithsonian Global Sound

NEW! DRAM Music Online

Our newest streaming audio database, DRAM Music Online, is an excellent complement to Naxos Music Library. DRAM includes a diverse collection of American music from the New World Records and CRI labels, as well as other unique and important recordings neglected by the commercial marketplace. Genres include folk, opera, Native American, jazz, 19th to 21st century classical, early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and more.

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