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Music Courses & Research: Get Started

What can Reference Sources do for you?

What can reference sources do for you?

  • Samples of works
  • Keyword ideas
  • Background info
  • Source recommendations

Encyclopedias in Databases

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online combines three major print dictionaries:

  • Grove Music Online (longer, more in-depth overview; also, CRUSHES it for getting started)
  • Oxford Companion to Music (more brief overview)
  • Oxford Dictionary of Music (abbreviations of major works and periods)


Music overview in print

Music encyclopedias offer a wide variety of subjects.

Browsing the Reference section (1st floor) highly recommended--fun finds!