Research Guide: Music

Finding Articles

Try using the following suggested keyword searches in the OneSearch box below.

Title of piece
Subject matter or theme of the piece
Time period or music era or style

For example:

Beethoven AND symphony AND 9
Rameau AND Baroque
Elvis AND "folk music"




You can also try searching for these terms in the ProQuest Music Database. The Proquest Dissertations & Theses A&I database has many examples of music research, but be aware this content is not peer-reviewed and often not full text.

Be aware of complications that can make finding music research difficult. There is often not research articles on a specific piece by a specific composer.  In order to find articles or books, widen your searches by asking the following questions:

  • What is the composer known for?
  • What is a "quintessential" piece of theirs? How does it differ from this piece?
  • What are some of the main themes of your piece?
  • What movement or genre does this piece fit into?
  • Is this piece typical or atypical for that movement or genre?
  • How does it support or challenge the movement or genre?
  • What is the subject matter?
  • What symbols or motifs are present?

Background Information

The following UVU Library books and websites provide background information for beginning research on arts funding in schools

Oxford Music Online Online only
Encyclopedia of Popular Music REF ML102.P66 G 84 2006, 1st Floor
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online Online only
Grove Book of Operas Online only
Oxford Dictionary of Music Online only
Music Research: A Handbook ML113.S 28 2009, 4th Floor
Oxford Companion to Music Online only
Music Online Reference Online only
Classical Music Reference Online only
Performance Practice: A Dictionary-guide for Musicians REF ML100.J29 2005, 1st Floor
Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Music REF ML 102.R6 R64 2001, 1st Floor

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