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Oxford Music Online allows you to search across top music reference sources, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. Here you'll find detailed composer biographies, historical background, analysis, works lists, and more.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Musics offers a comprehensive view of music as a vital part of the social and cultural life of people around the world. Expert contributors have conducted fieldwork in the communities they profile, and their firsthand experience is reflected in the immediacy of their observations. Each volume emphasizes the contexts of musical performance and presents the fresh insights and analyses of musicologists and anthropologists of diverse national origins.
This classic reference work has long been admired for its wide range as well as its reliability. Includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background; and articles covering popular music, jazz, and rock.
RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) Abstracts is an index of scholarly articles in music research. It also includes reviews, books, and dissertations. The scope of the database is international and covers from 1967 to the present. Use Article Linker to check to see if USU has full text, and if not, request things you find in RILM through InterLibrary Loan.
When searching RILM, you can use Major Topics to search for articles in broad areas of music research. Combining a Major Topic with a keyword helps you refine your results more efficiently. Examples of Major Topics include:
24 Renaissance music
39.21 Popular music of North Africa
54 Performance practice in the 20th & 21st centuries
Articles in RILM are also tagged with Subjects, which tell you more specifically what an article is about. You can also search by Subject to find more articles on that narrower topic. The following example shows how Major Topics and Subjects work together to classify an article:
Use the library catalogto find books and ebooks on your topic by selecting the appropriate Material Types for the resource you are looking for:
Composer biographies are in the ML410 class, roughly alphabetized by composer last name if you'd like to browse the shelves. You can quickly look up the biographies we have of a composer by searching Composers -- Biography as a Subject along with the last name of your composer as a keyword. Here's an example of one biography we have:
News and reviews of opera companies worldwide, productions, hi-fi equipment, performers, records, travel and information on telecasts and radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Full text available from 1990 to the present.
The Etude was a monthly American music magazine "for the musician, the music student, and all music lovers" that was published from 1883 to 1957. This free repository allows you to search digitized issues of the Etude from 1901 to 1957.
Via MusRef (an online project from BYU compiling music reference resources), these links explain "the most common types of sources encountered in music reference. Each essay briefly describes the reference source’s general purposes, common features and characteristics, and concludes with a list of selected examples."
"More than 11,000 bibliographies and reference sources (both print and online), approximately 2,200 of which are annotated with critiques on use, coverage, organization, and pros and cons."
Off campus access
You can access virtually all library databases, e-journals, and e-books from home or anywhere off-campus.
Just start your search from the USU library website, Canvas, or a library research guide and you'll be prompted for your A# and password to authenticate.
What if we don't own it?
Did you find something you need that we don't own? You can request it from another library, whether it's an article scan or a book.
Just login to your inter-library services (ILLiad) account with your A# and password to make your request.