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Guide to library materials for music research

Print Reference Sources

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 describe resources and provide links to sources 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.

The definitive starting point for music research

Smithsonian Global Sound

DRAM Music Online

For streaming audio, 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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Citing in Chicago Style

Chicago Notes & Bibliography

All the rules and examples for citing in Chicago Notes & Bibliography style are in chapter 14 of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

Chicago Author-Date References

The standard for ethnomusicology research, Chicago Author-Date style is explained in chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style.