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Guide to Research and Documentation in Music
Last Updated: May 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Reference Sources

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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians - Stanley Sadie (Editor); John Tyrrell (Editor)
Call Number: REF ML100 .N48 2001
ISBN: 0195170679
The New Grove is the classic reference resource in the study of music. Articles cover more than 5,000 years of music history, instruments, composers, institutions, performers, genres, and more.

Credo Reference
Electronic collection of over 600 reference sources across a variety of subject areas. Online Access from the Pierce Library website under the Topic Search tab.



This research guide was developed  to facilitate access to and understanding of Music research resources.

Use the tabs above to locate information on citing your sources using Chicago documentation style, finding scores, sheet music and sound recordings.  

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list; please do not hesitate to contact the library for further assistance!


Finding Journal Articles


Music Index (EBSCO)

Contains surveyed data from more than 725 international music periodicals from over 40 countries in 23 languages. Covering all styles and genres of music, The Music Index duly cites book reviews, obituaries, new periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry.

Fine Arts and Music Collection (Gale)

100 full text magazines and journals covering drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Finding Specific Journals or Articles

If you are looking for a specific journal article, you can see whether Pierce library has access to it by using searching for an article with citation information under the Journals and Newspapers tab on the library website. More information and instructions here

Research Help

If you are unfamiliar with database searching or just want some tips, visit the Research Help page for instructions, video tutorials and more.  You can also Ask a Librarian for help!

Instruction Librarian/ Music Liaison

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