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||Music in public worship, Hymnology, Hymn stories
||Elementary music education
||Music (general works)
||History of music
||General principles & musical forms
||Traditions of music - includes folk, bluegrass, country and jazz, etc.
||Christian sacred music/church music
||Music for single voices; the voice
||Instruments & instrumental ensembles
||Keyboard & other instruments
||Stringed instruments (Chordophones)
||Wind instruments (Aerophones)
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Find Background Info
Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002). Articles that have been updated since their appearance in print are date-stamped in the upper right corner of the screen. The publisher has also added The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music to this online resource.
Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Reference: R 780.92 B168 2001
[also included online in Biography in Context - see below]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Reference: R 781.6403 E56 2006
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Reference: R 780.9 G233
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Reference: R 780.3 N532 2001
[also included online in Oxford Music Online - see below]
New Grove Dictionary of American Music
R 780.3 N532 1986
Harvard Dictionary of Music
Reference: R 780.3 H3392 2003
R 780.922 C761
The Great Composers and Their Works
R 780.9 S634g
International Encyclopedia of Women Composers
R 780.92 C678i
The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers
R 780.92 N884
Guide to Library Research in Music
R 780.72 B361g 2008
Music Library and Research Skills
R 781.72 G686m 2017
Music Research: a handbook
R 780.72 S192m 2009
Baker’s Dictionary of Music
R 780.92 B168 1997
The Oxford History of Western Music
R 780.9 T196o 2005
Finding Music (audio and scores/parts)
Naxos Music Library (streaming music)
Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Dacapo catalogues of over 85,000 tracks, including Classical music, Jazz, World, and Folk music. Whilst listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database. (Publisher's website)
Because Berea has a license for only 4 simultaneous sessions, it is very important to LogOut of Naxos instead of just closing the browser window.
Digital Library of Appalachia
The Digital Library of Appalachia provides online access to archival and historical materials related to the culture of the southern and central Appalachian region. The contents of the DLA are drawn from special collections of Appalachian College Association member libraries.
"The resource hosts public-domain scores of more than 22,200 choral and vocal works by 2,600-plus composers. Users may easily search by composer and title and can conduct broader searches using pull-down options to select specific score categories, including sacred and secular genres, voicing, and accompaniment. There are numerous browse options, including a way to locate information on composers by birth and death anniversaries." - CHOICE review
The following resources may be of particular help.
- With JSTOR and Project Muse, you may want to expand your search beyond music-related titles.
- Newspapers provide good sources for reviews of musical compositions, both as a part of live performances and of recordings.
The Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present. Formerly The Music Index Online provided by Harmonie Park Press, this database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals. The comprehensive coverage of the music field and every aspect of the classical and popular worlds of music makes Music Index an invaluable resource for both novice and scholar. Music Index cites: • Book Reviews • Obituaries • News Periodicals • News and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry
Humanities International Complete
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,300 journals and more than 2.9 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 1,200 journals.
Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes over one thousand leading academic journals and thousands of e-books across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
Project Muse Standard Journal Collection
Full text of approximately 40 scholarly journals in the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Coverage for some titles extends back to 1993.
"...a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature."
New York Times (1851-2013)
The New York Times is considered the United States newspaper of record for the late 19th and the 20th century. Historical advertisements and images are also included in this database. The New York Times (1851-2010) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
New York Times (1980 - Current)
Comprehensive digital coverage back to 1980 is available for this internationally renowned U.S. newspaper through the ProQuest database. The complete text of recent articles is provided in the ASCII format. The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine are provided in PDF format. The New York Times is considered the official U.S. newspaper because it publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches, and presidential press conferences. The paper's reporters have won scores of Pulitzer Prizes throughout the publication's 150-year history.
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.
Access World News
Full text from nearly 3,700 U.S. and 2,300 International newspapers. Direct links are available to search Kentucky and Appalachian Region newspapers, major metro titles, international resources, newswires, broadcast transcripts, America's news magazines, world and US newspapers.