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Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bibliographies

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Use these sources at the beginning of your research to get an overview of a topic or to identify synonyms or related terms that will apply to your topic. Later, return to these sources to clarify concepts or define new vocabulary. These sources also include bibliographical references that may prove helpful. All of these sources are located in the Reference Collection.

Ref ML100 .N48 2001
Sadie, Stanley, and John Tyrrell. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd ed. New York: Grove, 2001.
Also available online at
Substantial, signed articles with bibliographies.

Ref ML100 .G16 1998
Nettl, Bruno, et al. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. New York: Garland Pub., 1998. 10v.
Each volume covers a continent or continents and contains thorough general material about the music of that continent, followed by sections on specific countries. Illustrated, with ample bibliographies and lists of audio examples.

Ref ML100 .K35 1994
Kennedy, Michael, and Joyce Bourne. The Oxford Dictionary of Music. 2nd ed. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Brief entries.

Ref ML100 .H36 1999
Randel, Don Michael. The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1999.
Brief entries.

Ref ML100 .S635 1997
Slonimsky, Nicolas, and Richard Kassell. Baker's Dictionary of Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.

Ref ML101.U6 N48 1986
Hitchcock, H. Wiley, and Stanley Sadie. The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. New York, N.Y.: Grove's Dictionaries of Music, 1986.
Includes bibliographies.

Ref ML102.I5 N48 1984
Sadie, Stanley. The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music, 1984.
Substantial, signed articles with bibliographies.

Ref ML102.O6 N5 1992
---. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. London New York: Macmillan Press ; Grove's Dictionaries of Music Inc. distributor, 1992.
Also available online, at
Includes bibliographical references.

Ref ML102.W67 W67 1999
Broughton, Simon, Mark Ellingham, and Richard Trillo. World Music: The Rough Guide. New ed. London London ; New York: Rough Guides ; Distributed by the Penguin Group, 1999.

Ref ML102.M68 C73 1998
Craggs, Stewart R. Soundtracks: An International Dictionary of Composers for Film. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA: Ashgate, 1998.

Ref ML102.P66 G35 1991
Gammond, Peter. The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. Oxford England ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Ref ML102.M88 H6 1993
Hischak, Thomas S. Stage It with Music. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.

Ref ML102.M68 H57 1999
---. The American Musical Film Song Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Ref ML102.P66 G84 1995
Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 2nd ed. Enfield, Middlesex, England New York: Guinness Pub. ; Stockton Press, 1995.

Ref ML102.R6 R44 1999
Rees, Dafydd and Luke Crampton. Rock Stars Encyclopedia. New rev., 1st American ed. New York: DK Pub., 1999.
Chronologies of the musical careers of rock stars and bands.

Ref ML105 .H38 1996
Randel, Don Michael. The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996.
Brief entries, some with bibliographical references.

Ref ML105 .S612 1997
Slonimsky, Nicolas, Laura Diane Kuhn, and Dennis McIntire. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.

Ref ML105 .B16 2001
Slonimsky, Nicolas, Laura Diane Kuhn, and Nicolas Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians Slonimsky. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Centennial / Nicolas Slonimsky, editor emeritus ; Laura Kuhn, Baker's series advisory editor ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 2001.
Brief entries, some with secondary bibliographical references.

Ref ML118 .N57 1993
Nishimura, Mari. The Twentieth-Century Composer Speaks. Berkeley Tokyo: Fallen Leaf Press ; In association with the Kunitachi College of Music, 1993.

Ref ML128.M7 F54
Film Composers Guide. Beverly Hills, CA: Lone Eagle, 1990.

Ref ML128.M7 B6 1995
Bloom, Ken. Hollywood Song: The Complete Film & Musical Companion. New York: Facts on File, 1995.

Ref ML128.P63 H34 1995
Haggerty, Gary. A Guide to Popular Music Reference Books: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.

Ref ML128.M7 M3 2000
McCarty, Clifford. Film Composers in America : A Filmography, 1911-1970. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Ref ML128.P63 P67 1997
Shepherd, John. Popular Music Studies : A Select International Bibliography. London ; Washington: Mansell, 1997.

Ref ML128.M78 S86 2000
Suskin, Steven, and Steven Show tunes Suskin. Show Tunes. Rev. and expanded 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Ref ML156.4.W63 B58 1998
Blumenthal, Howard J. The World Music CD Listener's Guide. New York: Billboard Books, 1998.

Ref ML156.9 .V52 1997
Deutsch, Didier. Videohound's Soundtracks: Music from the Movies, Broadway, and Television. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1997.

Ref ML156.9 .M87 2000
Deutsch, Didier C. Musichound Soundtracks: The Essential Album Guide to Film, Television and Stage Music. Detroit: Visible Ink, 2000.

Ref ML161 .H2 2002
Hall, Charles J. Chronology of Western Classical Music. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Ref ML197 .S634 2001
Kuhn, Laura Diane, and Nicolas Music since Slonimsky. Music since 1900. 6th ed. New York: Schirmer Reference/Gale Group, 2001.

Ref ML199 .G36 2000
Olsen, Dale A., and Daniel Edward Sheehy. The Garland Handbook of Latin American Music. New York: Garland Pub., 2000.

Bibliographies of primary materials

Ref ML113 .B86 1997
Brook, Barry S. and Richard Viano. Thematic Catalogues in Music: An Annotated Bibliography. 2nd ed. Annotated Reference Tools in Music; no. 5 Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1997.
Annotated bibliography of thematic catalogues, organized by composer (or region). Appendices include lists of thematic catalogues. Indexed.

Ref ML113 .H52 1980
Heyer, Anna Harriet. Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents. 2 vols. 3d ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1980.
Although dated, an excellent way to find anthologized compositions. the index is in Volume II.

Bibliographies of secondary materials

Ref ML128.A7 D5 1991
Diamond, Harold J. Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide to the Literature. New York: Schirmer Books,1991.
Bibliography of analyses ordered by composer. indexed by "Distinctive Titles." Bibliographies of books, journals, and dissertations and thesesare included.

Ref ML113 .D83 1997
Duckles, Vincent H. and Ida Reed. Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography. 5th ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.
Exhaustive annotated bibliography organized by type of material. Indexed.

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The Gould Library has rich collections of books, journals, government documents, and other resources. You may access them via MUSE, the online catalog.

MUSE: The Online Catalog

Access to the library's collections (books, journals, microforms, etc) via title, author, subject, and keyword searching.

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Journal indexes

Indexes describe the contents of journals and other publications.  Remember: the indexes listed here are all published by third parties and purchased or subscribed to by the Gould Library.  There is never any guarantee that an item listed in an index is held here at Carleton.  If you'd like to use an item which we do not own, place an interlibrary loan request and we'll find it for you, usually within two weeks.  A complete list of indexes and databases to which we subscribe is available.

Remember that, in addition to the two major indexes of music literature described below, resources of more general scope may well contain important information.  Consider every angle implied by your research topic and consult a variety of sources.


An interdisciplinary index to articles published in magazines and scholarly journals.

Current Contents
A current awareness database that indexes scholarly journals in a wide range of fields. Users may sign up for e-mail notification of new article on subjects that you have specified.

Expanded Academic ASAP
Indexes journals on a wide range of subjects. Includes full text of the articles from some journals.

ProQuest Research Library
General database with full text for over 1600 journals.

ProQuest Digital Dissertations
Dissertation abstracts with free full-text available for many dissertations written since 1997.

Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Covers more than 1,140 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals in a broad range of disciplines from 1989-present.  If you are new to citation searching, you might find this primer helpful.

International Index to the Performing Arts
Indexes journals (from 1998-present) on all aspects of the performing arts, including theatreand film. Abstracts are included with all citations.


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Published by the Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale, RILM includes coverage of  historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, and music therapy.

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Web resources

The standards for academic publication are not the standards for web publication. The user must be vigilant about employing evalution criteria in determining the authority and reliability of web sources. Here are some links to sites that collect and review web resources.
The Argus Clearinghouse
A selective collection of topical guides.
Academic Info
A selective, annotated directory of Internet resources from a librarian in Washington State.
Digital Librarian
An extensive collection of selective web pages from a librarian in New York State.
The Internet Scout Project
Maintained at the University of Wisconsin, this library of links includes annotations. Although there is no category for arts or humanities, you will find a number of pages indexed in these areas by using the search function.
Librarians' Index to the Internet
This site includes categories and a search function. Annotated links on a variety of subjects.

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The Library Liaison for Arts, Languages, and Literatures and this course is<

Mollie Freier
Phone: x7105
Office: 466 Gould Library

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns.

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