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Music: Get Started ...

You can check out the text books / CDs on Reserves for 2 hours at a time to use them inside the library.

Writing about Music

Learn some special features of writing about music:

  • A guide to writing about Music 
    A guide by Harvard College Program in General Education. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Harvard University. Writing about Music: A Guide to Writing in A & I 24.
  • Writing in Music
    A writing guide from Duke University's Thompson Writing Program.
  • Music | The Writing Center
    A handout on writing about music by the Writing Center of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Citing Music

Citing Audio-visual recordings and other multimedia
A guide from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Reference List: Other non-print Sources
A guide to cite non-print sources in APA style provided by OWL

How to cite Music Scores - Chicago Style
A guide from University of Manitoba

Western Libraries Music Citation Guide
A guide from Western Libraries  



This Music Research Guide will help you find books, eBooks, articles and audio-visuals in a variety of topics related to Music.


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination

and life to everything.” ― Plato


Background Information

  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music
    Features articles on popular music genres such as jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music from 1900 to the present. Also includes information on trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals.
  • Credo Reference
    Includes materials from over 650 reference books on a variety of topics in higher education, including art, business, history, languages, literature, science, criminal justice, and political science.

  • International Music Score Library Project
    Petrucci Music Library - sharing the world's public domain music scores. Includes complete works of many composers.

  • Music by Khan Academy
    A leading resource for the study of music put together by Khan Academy.

  • Music |
    Learn about the history of and about theories of musical meaning since the 19th century - Encyclopedia Britannica.

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