Research Guide: Music

Background Information

More books about music can be found on the fourth floor, in section M.

  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • Online only
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music
  • REF ML 102. P 66 G 84 2006
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  • REF ML 100. G 16 1998
  • Grove Book of Operas
  • Online only
  • Grove Music Online
  • Online only
  • Harvard Dictionary of Music
  • REF ML 100. A 64 2003
  • Music Research: A Handbook
  • REF ML113 .S28 2009
  • Music Since 1900
  • REF ML 197. S 634 2001
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • REF ML 100. N 48 2001
  • Oxford Companion to Music
  • REF ML 100. S 37 2003
  • Oxford History of Western Music
  • REF ML 160. T 18 2005
  • Penguin Companion to Classical Music
  • REF ML 100. G 84 2005
  • Performance Practice: A Dictionary-guide for Musicians
  • REF ML 100. J 29 2005
  • Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll
  • REF ML 102. R 6 R 64 2001

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to find articles about classical and popular musicians and composers, album reviews, music criticism, and more.

International Index to Music Periodicals

This index can be used to locate articles in a wide variety of music topics, from composition to performance.


This journal archive contains articles on all topics in the humanities, and can be used to locate high quality information about music, musicians, and composers.

Project Muse

Project Muse is an archive of humanities journals, and can be used to locate critical information about music.

National Jukebox

Created by the Library of Congress, this collection of thousands of historical recordings includes performances by Caruso and Jolson, ethnic recordings, blues, musical theater, opera, yodeling, and much more.

Naxos Music Library

Classical music, six other genres including jazz, blues, World, and Chinese music. All new releases added monthly. CD quality sound and/or near-CD quality, and FM quality.

Classical Scores Library

This database contains more than 20,000 scores, all searchable by composer, genre, instrument, time period, and more.

Web Resources

This online encyclopedia contains biographies and discographies for popular and musicians, composers, and more.

History of Opera Theater

Covers the history and tradition of opera theater.

Internet Resources in Music (UCSB Libraries)

Collected and maintained by librarians, this site offers links to music associations, biographies, copyright information, information about musical genres and instruments, and much more.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education

This organization not only contains information about music education, but also lists job and professional development opportunities.

This site contains definitions of technical music terms (scales, time signatures, and so on), with tutorials. Available in multiple languages.


MusRef is a site devoted to music and dance bibliography and reference.

Mutopia Project

This volunteer-run project offers access to hundreds of copies of royalty-free sheet music.


This site contains information on nearly 5,000 opera composers and more than 25,000 operas. The information includes libretti, source texts, synopses, performance histories and more. This site can also be used to find operas for six or fewer singers.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Created by the Library of Congress, this site is more than an online encyclopedia. It regularly features images and items from the Library's historical collections.

Petrucci Music Library

The Petrucci Music Library has posted digital copies of public domain music scores. Browse or search by composer or title.

Subject Specialist

Anthony Morris

Anthony Morris
LI 318b

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