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Research Guide: Music - General Resources

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Gale Power Search
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A good place to search for almost any topic - covers a wide range of subject areas.
Notice the different results links on the left on the search result page: Magazines, Academic Journals, etc. (each link is a different set of results)
Note which database you article comes from - look for "From ______" on the search page (ex - From General One File).
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Recommended Books
Title Location Call Number
The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians Reference ML100 .N48 1980 (20 volumes)
The great composers, their lives and times Reference ML390 .C7185 1990 (5 volumes)
From spirituals to symphonies :African-American women composers and their music Reference ML390 .W16 2002
Sounds and sweet airs : the forgotten women of classical music Stacks ML390 .S686 2016
African American music : an introduction Stacks ML3556 .A34 2015
The lives and times of the great composers Reference
ML390 .S8 2004
The lives and times of the great composers Downtown
Tyger River
ML390 .S8 2004
How to listen to great music : a guide to its history, culture, and heart Stacks MT6 .G76 2011
How music works : the science and psychology of beautiful sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and beyond Stacks ML3805 .P69 2010
Experiencing film music: a listener's companion Stacks ML2075 .L32 2017


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Books are not going to be as up-to-date as articles because they take longer to publish.
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For citation information: click on "Detailed Record" in the left sidebar when viewing an e-book. You will need this information later on!
Ebook Central (Proquest)
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Production Music Association:

National Association of Record Industry Professionals:

Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center:

National Public Radio:

The All Music Guide (Popular Music):

Metropolitan Opera, New York City:

New York Philharmonic Orchestra:

Boston Pops--Boston Symphony Orchestra:

The Classical Music Navigator:

Billboard Music:

Need Lyrics? Just Google -- -- and search for the song name followed by the word 'lyrics'

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Last updated: 04/27/18