It is always smart to look at sources other writers have used as you begin your own research. Bibliographies, or lists of references, can be found in almost all scholarly writings, including books, articles, and entries at Oxford Music Online, and you should scan these lists as you look for sources of your own. There are also book-length bibliographies which can be particularly valuable, if your topic is one which has already been extensively researched. In the print Music Collection, most bibliographies can be found in Music Reference where they are classified as ML 112.8 to ML 158.8. Especially be on the lookout for volumes in the series Routledge Music Bibliographies which includes numerous informative and up-to-date guides.
Bibliographies on the music of different regions and countries are classified in ML 120. Some works attempt to be comprehensive to a geographic place and its people, while others focus on a particular era or genre within their music history. See below for several recommendations, or search by call number to see all volumes held in the Music Collection.
Bibliographies on a particular topic are classified in ML 128. Topics can include musical genres, instruments, demographic groups, academic disciplines, special themes, and more. See below for several recommendations, or search by call number to see all volumes held in the Music Collection.
Bibliographies on specific composers and their works are classified in ML 134. Also included in this section are many thematic indexes, or lists of compositions which incorporate musical themes, as well as bio-bibliographies, works which pair biography and bibliography in a single publication. Nearby in ML 134.5 are bibliographies on other types of musicians, such as singers, bands, conductors, and music journalists. See below for several recommendations, or search by call number to see all volumes held in the Music Collection.
Users are encouraged to search for items beyond University Libraries' catalog via RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and WorldCat. Materials not available in print or online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow up to seven days for electronic delivery and up to fourteen days for delivery of physical items.