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Music Resources (UNH Durham): Reference Sources

Oxford Music Online

Search Oxford Music Online for basic facts and background information on the history of music. Includes the Grove Dictionary of Music whose entries include complete works lists for composers, and definitive bibliographies. While the emphasis is on Western classical music, American music and jazz are also very well covered.

Selected Online Reference Sources

Selected Print Reference Sources

These are located on Dimond Main Level and represent just a sampling. For more reference resources, search the library catalog or contact the Research Center.

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Why Use?

Good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.

Background information:

  • definitions
  • specific factual information such as dates
  • overviews or summaries of topics
  • recommendations for additional sources

Types of reference sources

  • specialized encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • directories
  • statistical compilations
  • handbooks
  • bibliographies