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Oxford Music Online (OMO) is the access-point for Oxford music reference subscriptions and products, including Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. With OMO patrons can cross-search Grove and Oxford reference content in one location. Articles from specialist dictionaries such as The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed., are available via OMO.
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music. MGG is encyclopedic in the true sense of that term: it offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions.
Brings together digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas, including Music and the Performing Arts. This source includes the full content of the Grove dictionaries of American Music and Musical Instruments.
This resource provides information about popular music worldwide, from the early 20th century to the present day for those working in the disciplines of music, ethnomusicology and the performing arts to media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology. It includes the entirety of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, the 33 1/3 series of books exploring key albums, and much more.
This resource provides access to a curated collection of full-text content covering historical musicology, ethnomusicology and theory with focus on topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers.
The world's largest database of musical sources including over a million records of historic music manuscripts and printed music, indexed and bibliographically described by specialists. Includes significant collections from libraries and archives worldwide. Emphasis is on music manuscripts originating between 1600 – 1800 and printed music before 1800.
An index of individual music pieces published in standard scholarly editions (such as composers’ collected works), and published in sets and series. The database contains indexing including (but not limited to) composers, editors, poets, librettists, performing force (medium), format, genres, musical incipits (for identification), geographical area, and time or style period.
Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 12487 titles!
A song index with an interface that allows searching via various parameters (voice type, character age, range, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, etc.) to generate a list of songs tailored to your needs. This resource provides links to various sites in order to locate sources of sheet music and recordings, subject to availability. Users should be aware that these links will not search local collections or subscriptions.
The Garland encyclopedia of world music online is a comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Each volume contains an overview of a geographic region, a survey of its musical heritage, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.
Searchable and browsable database of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day. It also offers full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.
Subject Words to Locate Reference Books
The Music Library's Reference Room on the mezzanine level has a wealth of books that have not been superseded by databases. Use the following as Subject Words in Quicksearch or Orbis.
Bibliography – use as a subject word to find book-length annotated bibliographies of music and literature on music (ML112.8-ML158.8; ML113 and ML128 particularly useful); or limit to Subject (Genre) Bibliography in Quicksearch
Chronology – works arranged by date, e.g. dates of first performance. Example: Music Since 1900 (Reference ML197 S634 M9 2001+)
Dictionaries, encyclopedias – also useful as subject words (ML100-109)
Discography (as a subject word for book-length discographies, or major portions of a book; it could also be an appendix within a book in which case it would be a keyword)
Thematic catalogs – subject words that help to identify the catalogs of composers works, with musical incipits for each
Classification of Music Reference
Here is a general guide to the classification numbers of Reference Books.
ML12-21 Directories. Almanacs
ML47-54.8 Librettos. Texts. Scenarios
ML100-109 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
ML110-111.5 Music librarianship
ML112-112.5 Music printing and publishing
ML128: Bibliographies by Subject or Instrument, including Repertoire Guides
ML134: Composers' Thematic Catalogs, arranged alphabetically by composer