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Classical, Jazz, scores, recordings
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This guide provides an overview of tools and basic strategies to search for books, journals, articles, scores, recordings, and other music resources.

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IPA Source

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Source is the web's largest library of transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. With over 7,800 titles, it represents musical traditions across the centuries, from 1500 to the present. Includespoetry and Latin text.

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Start your music research and exploration with these resources.

  • Music Online
    The most comprehensive collection of online music recordings, video and reference on the web. You can access recordings as streaming files or on your mobile devices! Gateway to: Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, American Song, Contemporary World Music, Dance in Video, Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Score Library, African American Music Reference (full text) and more.
  • Oxford Music Online
    From Bach to the blues, this online resource provides authoritative information of all aspects of music world wide, with over 50,000 articles, 28,000 biographies, timelines, advanced search and browse features. Includes The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Music Index
    Guide to articles and literature about music, musicians and the music industry for more than 650 periodicals. Includes reviews and notes first performances and obituaries.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature  
    Citations and abstracts to the international music literature. Indexes many foreign-language journals. Includes citations to dissertations and essays in books. Focuses on academic research.



Books on Music Research

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Irvine's writing about music - Irvine, Demar
Call Number: Internet Resources and Cabell Library ML3797 .I79 1999

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Music library and research skills - Gottlieb, Jane
Call Number: Cabell Library ML3787 .G68 2009

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Sourcebook for research in music - Crabtree, Phillip
Call Number: ML113 .C68 2005
Available as an e-book or from the book collection!

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