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How to Find Info on Music @ Sprague

Check the library’s catalog to find books and other library materials pertaining to your topic. Begin with some basic keyword searches, combining a few terms that relate to your topic, for example:

  • Music
  • Music History
  • Music [place name], for example, Music Africa
  • Musicians
  • Composers'/musicians' names, for example, Beethoven
  • Specific types of music, for example,
  • Jazz
  • Masses
  • Operas
  • Symphonies
  • Specific musical instruments, for example,
  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Violon

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    Reference Materials

    Baker's student encyclopedia of music
    Call Number: Ref ML100 .B26 1999
    ISBN: 0028653157

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    The Harvard dictionary of music. 4th ed.
    Call Number: REF ML100 .H37 2003
    ISBN: 0674011635
    Essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music.

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    The international thesaurus of musical terms - Grudzinski, Ted.
    Call Number: REF ML108 .G78 2006
    ISBN: 0976387735
    Contains synonyms & other related terms in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Latin and Greek with special attention to historical and liturgical terms.

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    The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians. 2d ed.
    Call Number: Ref ML100 .N48 2001
    ISBN: 1561592390
    THE resource on music.

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    The Oxford dictionary of music. 2d ed., revised. - Kennedy, Michael.
    Call Number: REF ML100 .K35 2006
    ISBN: 0198614594

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    The Penguin companion to classical music - Griffiths, Paul
    Call Number: ML100 .G84 2005
    ISBN: 0140515593
    A millennium of Western music in one authoritative, A-to-Z guide.


    Locate information in online encyclopedias & dictionaries of music as well as online scores & streaming audio:

    How to Cite

    Handouts from Sprague Library, links to Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, and more.


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