The Music Collection has hundreds of valuable reference books about music. They are located along the wall next to the New Music Books table Ball State Libraries use Library of Congress call numbers for most books. The following call numbers are the main categories in the Reference area:
ML 134: Bibliographies about Individual Composers (including catalogs of their music)
ML 156.4: Discographies (lists of recordings)
Bibliographies of Music Research Sources
Duckles, Vincent. Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography, 4th ed., rev.
Sampsel, Laurie. Music Research: A Handbook
Scott, Allen and Phillip D. Crabtree. Sourcebook for Research in Music
Steib, Murray. Reader's Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism
Important Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Randel, Don Michael. The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th edition
Floyd, Samuel A., ed. International Dictionary of Black Composers, 2 vols.