Reference sources are designed to provide users with quick and authoritative background information on a given subject. They are the ideal place to familiarize yourself with a subject and its existing literature, although they should never be the culmination of your research process. The following reference sources are all available online, although log-in might be required off-campus.
Reference Databases, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries:
Oxford Music Online includes articles from The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Second Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002).
After searching for a topic, select the article that indicates "Published in print: 20 January 2001" for the most in-depth research and broadest bibliography. For briefer articles, you can choose to search in The Oxford Dictionary of Music or The Oxford Companion to Music. Access Oxford Music Online here.
The Music Collection at University Libraries uses Library of Congress Classification, or LCC, for organizing books on the shelves. This system, maintained by the national library of the United States and utilized by libraries across the country and around the world, groups together books on similar subjects. Each item is then assigned a unique call number which combines alphabetical and numerical characters. These features are designed to make browsing library collections easier for users and librarians alike. Tip: Enter the first part of a call number into OneSearch to see all items in a given section.
Call Numbers for Music Reference:
ML 12 - 21 Directories. Almanacs
ML 100 - 109 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
ML 100 General works
ML 101 By region or country, A-Z
ML 102 By topic, A-Z
ML 105 - 106 Bio-bibliographical
ML 108 Terminological
ML 109 Pronouncing
ML 112.8 - 158.8 Bibliography
ML 113 General works
ML 120 By region or country, A-Z
ML 128 By topic, A-Z
ML 134 Composers, A-Z --> thematic catalogues
ML 134.5 Others, A-Z
ML 135 Manuscripts
ML 136 - 155 Catalogs
ML 155.5 - 158 Discography
Most reference works in the print Music Collection can be found in ranges 36 through 40 across from the New Arrivals table. The recommended books below include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bibliographies of research sources, and are sorted by their call numbers. Hover over the info icon to see a description of the book. Resources on specialized bibliographies can be found at the Bibliographies page while recommended discographies can be found at the Listen to Audio page.
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.