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Lisa M. Woznicki, MLS
Reference Librarian
Albert S. Cook Library
Room 319


(410) 704-2498 - phone
(410) 704-3760 -fax
lwoznicki@towson.edu Blog


Reference Desk: 410.704.2462
Circulation Desk: 410.704.2456
Interlibrary Loan: 401.704.3292

Music Resources


Subject Gateways for Music Research
Resource Description Link
Music (MUSC) The widest array of sources for music research including music history Link to Music (MUSC)
Applied Music (MUSA) Resources geared to the research needs of performance majors Link to Applied Music (MUSA)
Music Education (MUED) Resources tailored to the needs of music education majors Link to Music Education (MUED)

Music Help Guides
Resource
Library Resources for Pianists
Music Bibliographic Citations for MUSC 301/302
Using Composer Dictionaries, Thematic Catalogs, and Genre Handbooks in Music Research
Resources for Researching Musical Instruments
Using Music Research Bibliographies
Using the Naxos Music Library
Smithsonian Global Sound Database Quick Guide


Best Bets for Finding Journal Articles for Research in Music
Resource Description Link
RILM Good for classical and popular music topics, light on full text, 4 simultaneous user limit Link to RILM
International Index to Music Periodicals Better for popular music, blues, jazz, good amount of full text, 4 simultaneous user limit Link to International Index to Music Periodicals
Music Index Best for classical music, popular music, and music education topics, with many results available in full text. Always use Advanced Search to combine terms Link to Music Index

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Special Content Electronic Tools for Music Research
Resource Description Link
Grove Music Online Includes full text articles from Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians and other reference titles, 4 simultaneous user limit Link to Grove Music Online
Biography in Context Full text articles from reference books and magazines, 4 simultaneous user limit Link to Biography in Context
Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century Full text biographical articles with composition lists and suggestions for further readings. Includes pop, rock, classical, and jazz personalities
Link to Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century
Naxos Music Library Streaming service of recordings on Naxos music labels
Link to Naxos Music Library

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Electronic Book Databases that Contain Full Text Books on Music and Other Topics
Resource Description Link
Net-Library Search for specific titles or by keywords for music Net-Library
Academic Complete Ebrary Use Simple or Advanced Search to search full text of titles Link to Academic Complete Ebrary
Early English Books Online Includes musical scores - use Advanced Search with Illustration Type Early English Books Online

Additional Resource Guides

Finding Music Resources in Cook Library - an explanation of what you can find at Cook Library and where it is kept

Quick Guide to Searching for Music in the Cook Library Catalog - description of search strategies to locate printed and recorded musical compositions

Understanding Music Call Numbers - an explanation with examples of how to interpret a call number and find the material you want on the shelf

Music Resources Browsing Guide - for those adventurous souls who want to try to rough it alone in the stacks

Music Print Journal and Serials Titles - a listing of all the print titles subscribed to by Cook and the call numbers for all serial titles kept in the stacks

Reference Sources for the Musician - an annotated bibliography for the beginning researcher

Selected Reference Sources for Vocalists - listing of reference books and websites of vocal literature for singers

Citing Music Sources in Your Essay and Bibliography a website from the University of Western Ontario that illustrates Chicago/Turabian style citations for music research

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker complete citations for footnotes and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and CSE styles.

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