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Music: Graduate Seminar on Bibliography and Research (MUSL5371): Music Reference Books

Supports the graduate level seminar on music research methods

Who needs reference books any more? Everything's online - right? Wrong!

Some things are still most easily found in reference books. Books - whether paper or electronic - provide basic information such as

§  definitions of words or musical concepts

§  biographical information on musicians

§  information about particular compositions

§  information about instruments

§  histories of musical styles and movements

§  bibliographies and discographies

§  lists of musical works


There are hundreds of reference books in the ML section of the Library's collection and among the e-books provided. They include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical works, bibliographies, discographies, and historical works. This is list is only a sample to show you the types of reference books available.

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