Hot Search Tips!
- you want to find works by a composer, do an AUTHOR search in the Tiger catalog. This will bring up anything she has created (scores, recordings, writings, etc). Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION from the drop-down box.
- you want to find out about a composer, do a SUBJECT search. Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION from the drop-down box.
- You'll find books about music in Tutt Library.
- You'll find music works (scores, media) in the Music Library.
Find Background Information
Start with gathering an overview of your topic!
You need to take a broad view of your topic, so you can grasp its depth, breadth, and historical context. This will help you refine your topic, enabling you to present an interesting argument in a 5-page paper.
help define your research topic, it often helps to consult some of the standard reference works and tools before searching for books, music materials, and journal articles.
- Groves Music Online. Part of the Oxford Music Online suite, this is the most important English-language resource for music. Use this resource to locate background information on specific types of music (search by the name of the composer if you know it, or by the genre of music). Contains good bibliographies and links to other Internet resources. Provides sources on classical music, ethnomusicology, opera, jazz, and much more…
- Searching these types of subjects in the Tiger catalog. Select SUBJECT and VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION on the search page:
You'll see that you can combine/trade subheadings to select the span of time and topic of your search!
Note: SUBJECT HEADINGS treat chronological periods as above…don’t use a span of time, e.g. 1900-2000.
And, you can BROWSE THE SHELVES!
Libraries shelve like topics together; browsing will help you find something surprisingly useful that you may not have noticed in the catalog. Try the following call number ranges in both libraries:
- ML159-161 General histories here
- ML 162-197 History by periods here
For composer's biographies:
- ML 410 These are organized alphabetically by name of composer.
Additional General Resources
A dictionary of music, with brief and extensive explanation of terms. Some articles have bibliographies.
Short bios of composers, some including short lists of works and writings, including entries for jazz and pop composers.
Multimedia dictionary of music with sound files and musical examples.
"provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites."
A librarian’s choice of the best of the Web. Lots of annotated links to other sites.