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Reference Sources by Subject: Music Reference Sources

This guide lists the key reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) in various subject areas.

Biographical Information


       The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians -- This 20-volume work provides thorough overviews of musicians,

      composers as well as other general music topics.  Located in the book shelves at ML100 .N48.


Music Styles and Genres

  • The New Grove dictionary of American music -- This 4-volume set is located at ML101.U6 N48 1986.
  • The New Grove dictionary of jazz -- This 3-volume set is located at ML102.J3 N48 1994.
  • The New Grove dictionary of opera --This 4-volume set is located at ML102.O6 N5 1997.
  • The Garland encyclopedia of world music -- Accompanying CDs for vols 1-0 available at Public Services Desk.
    v. 1. Africa -- v. 2. South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean -- v. 3. The United States and Canada -- v. 4. Southeast Asia -- v. 5. South Asia, the Indian subcontinent -- v. 6. The Middle East -- v. 7. East Asia : China, Japan, and Korea -- v. 8. Europe / Timothy Rice, James Porter, and Chris Goertzen, editors -- v. 9. Australia and the Pacific Islands – v.10 The world's music ; general perspectives and reference tools. Located on the Book Shelves (3rd floor) ML100 .G16 1998.

Subject Guide

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