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Here are some basic resources for researching music topics.

Performing Arts Librarian

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If you are starting your research, use the links on the left to locate the type of resource that you need.

The tabs at left contain categorized sources for you to use as you explore your research topics.  Under each category,  you will find a wide variety of resources for the study of music.

Remember that online tools will require you to log in with your Net ID if you are accessing these from off campus.

If you don't find what you need, or if you have further questions about music research, please don't hesitate to contact the Performing Arts Librarian, Lisa Woznicki.

Typical Research Tasks

Confused about how to start your research?  Take a look at these questions, match your assignment to those described below, and try the suggested sources.

Task: I need to find journal articles for my paper on George Gershwin?
Strategy: Click on the Journal Articles tab and search in Music Index, RILM, or Music Database (Proquest).

Task: Where can I find biographical information on Billie Holiday?
Strategy: Click on Oxford Music Online and other Electronic Encyclopedias and search under the performer/composer's name in: Oxford Music Online, Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century, or Biography in Context.

Task:  I need to see a complete works listing for the composer Leonard Bernstein.
Strategy: Click on the Oxford Music Online and other Electronic Encyclopedias tab to search by composer name in Oxford Music Online or Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century.

Task: I want to listen to performances by Dizzy Gillespie for my jazz history paper.
Strategy: Click on Streaming Audio Content and search by performer name in Naxos Music Library Jazz.

Task: Where can I find a documentary of the life of Mozart?
Strategy: Click on Streaming Video Content and search by composer name in Films on Demand or VAST: Academic Video Online to stream a video right on  your computer or mobile device.

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Completely new to music research and not sure where to start?  Check out the Jumpstart Guide and take a look at suggested databases and other tools.

Finding Music Resources in the Library

Music can be especially challenging to find when using the library catalog.  If you need help finding  books, scores, or sound recordings at Cook Library, in other state university libraries or at special music libraries, try some of these help guides to make your task easier.  Remember that you can request the transfer of books, scores, and sound recordings by using the ILLiad/interlibrary loan service.frustrated student