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Music collections and services can be found in several campus library locations:


Bob Matuozzi, Librarian for Music. Reference assistance in music is available at the Research Services desk in Terrell Library. Staff in the WSU Libraries assist in the acquisition, preparation, and maintenance of music collections.

Dr. William Payne is  Library Specialist for the music department listening library and associated listening library resouces.  The Kemble Stout Music Listening Library is located in Kimbrough Hall Room 360.

 Library of Congress Classification
Mapped to Holland & Terrell Library

Click on any of the links below to see where these subjects are physically located in Holland & Terrell Library.  The reference books in these classifications are located in the reference area on the first floor of Holland & Terrell Library just off the Atrium.  (The first floor level is the main entrance to the library.)  

A - General Works J - Political Science R - Medicine
B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion K - Law S - Agriculture
C - Auxiliary Sciences of History L - Education T- Technology
D - World History M - Music and Books on Music U - Military Science
E - History of the Americas N - Fine Arts W - WSU
G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation P - Language and Literature Z - Bibliography
H - Social Sciences Q - Science

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These research databases and eBooks are made available by subscription or purchase through the WSU Libraries.

Research Databases

  • International Index to Music Periodicals (1996 - current)
    Indexes over 470 popular and scholarly international music periodicals available on the web. Includes music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition. Also covers a diverse array of musical genres, from the liturgical chants of medieval monks to the eclectic sounds of contemporary alternative rock musicians. Search Tips
    JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary full-text content from over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles. Search Tips
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 - currrent)
    Coverage of various publications on music, in all media. Publications represented in RILM originate from 151 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe, and are compiled through a collaborative effort involving over 60 committees across the globe. Over 500,000 records in 214 languages include title translations into English and abstracts. Includes doctoral dissertations in music.Search Tips
    The Education Resource Information Center provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966. Search Tips
  • Historical Abstracts
    Contains citations and abstracts to publications covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Publications indexed were published from 1954 to the present. Search Tips
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Search Tips
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including research in the arts and humanities. Some full-text content available. Search Tips
  • Project Muse
    Provides full-text access to several hundred titles from 60 university and society presses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Topical areas include literature, history, politics and policy studies, economics, education, film, religion, and women’s studies as well as book reviews. Search Tips
  • Web of Science
    Includes Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Citation indexes. This multidisciplinary database has searchable author abstract covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences. Updated weekly. Search Tips
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
    This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day. About ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database Also provides access to full text of WSU authored dissertations. Some WSU full-text and material from other institutions may have an embargo period. Search Tips

    Also see "AMS--Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology" and the "Center for Research Libraries Online Catalog - Foreign Dissertations" links on the Online Resources page of this guide.
  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Includes more than more than 15,000 business, legal and news sources. Research guides, search tutorials, and detailed content notes available at LN Academic search page.
  • ProQuest Newspapers
    ProQuest Newsstand offers U.S. and international news coverage from over 1,370 sources dating from 1977 to the present.
  • New York Times (Historical)
    1851 - three years previous. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. Via ProQuest. Search Tips
  • Oxford Reference Online Library Collection
    Provides access to dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works along with topical companions and a dictionary of quotations, offering full-spectrum subject coverage. The Oxford Reference Library combines over 2 million entries and some 300,000 pages (many of which are illustrated) into a single cross-searchable resource consisting of 180 core academic titles. Search Tips.
  • America: History & Life
    Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Contains citations and abstracts to journal aritcles, books reviews and dissertations published from 1954-present. Search Tips
  • Iter Bibliography (Medieval and Renaissance)
    Specialized bibliography comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Over 1.1 million citations for books and journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).
  • Sociological Abstracts (1963 - current)
    Offers access to the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, with abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serial publications. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Updated 6 times a year. Search Tips
  • The Times Digital Archive, 1785 - 1985
    The Times of London has covered all major international events from the French Revolution to the Falklands War. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image, and advertisement. Includes coverage of theater, literature, music, art, and other cultural topics and events. Also has obituaries.
  • Philosopher's Index (1940 - current)
    Bibliography of scholarly works in journals, books, anthologies, contributions to anthologies and book reviews (1960s- ). Indexes aesthetics, axiology, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphilosophy, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of education, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and social philosophy. Search Tips
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 - current)
    Comprehensive coverage of modern languages and literature, including folklore. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and book history. Search Tips
  • ArchiveGrid (OCLC)
    Provides detailed descriptions of numerous archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. With its online archival collection descriptions, ArchiveGrid helps you to locate collections of primary source material more quickly than ever before. Records include collection title, holding institution, brief description, and a link to an extended description. Search Tips


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Grove Music Online - Deane Root et al, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .N48 2001 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 1561592390
A compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world. An authoritative, up-to-date resource on all aspects of music. See print version below.

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Oxford Music Online (Grove)
Call Number: ML100 .O95 (Electronic resource)
Oxford Music Online is the gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove Music Online (The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition; The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition; and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th edition) as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. Both of these sources are included in subscriptions to Grove Music Online. Updated quarterly.

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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online - Bruno Nettl, et al, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .G16 1998 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0815310846
The integrated online version features thousands of pages from the print edition authored by 700 international contributors along with associated audio tracks, musical illustrations, photographs, drawings, song texts, score examples, and charts and maps of world regions. Allows cross-cultural and comparative music research through controlled vocabulary indexing and other enhanced features. Print version available in reference collection.

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Arts and Humanities through the Eras - Edward Bleiberg et al, eds.
Call Number: NX440 .A787 2005 (Electronic resource)
Offers a multidimensional picture of primarily Western civilization, covering Ancient Egypt (2675-332 B.C.E.), Ancient Greece and Rome (1200 B.C.E.-476 C.E.), Medieval Europe (814-1450 C.E.), Renaissance Europe (1300-1600 C.E.), and The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment (1600-1800 C.E.). Provides access to each historical period through the study of nine different arts and humanities topics: "Architecture and Design," "Dance," "Fashion," "Literature," "Music," "Philosophy," "Religion," "Theater," and "Visual Arts."

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music - Michael Kennedy and Joyce Bourne Kennedy, eds.
Call Number: ML100 .K35 2007 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0199203830
Coverage of music of all periods and styles. Providing thousands of entries on musical terms, works, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras, the dictionary's coverage is exceptional, giving comprehensive work-lists for major composers, detailed entries on living composers and performers, important ballets and operas, as well as descriptions of musical instruments and their histories.

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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians - Nicolas Slonimsky and Laura Kuhn, eds.
Call Number: ML105 .B16 2001 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0028724151
Coverage includes over 1,000 new entries on classical music and over 2,000 new entries on jazz and popular music. Reprints Slonimsky's witty introductions to earlier editions and indexes for genre, nationality, and women composers and musicians.

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The Grove Book of Opera Singers - Laura Macy, ed.
Call Number: ML102.O6 G76 2008 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195337654
The Grove Book of Opera Singers is an essential reference for opera lovers and an ideal companion to The Grove Book of Operas. Covering over 1500 singers from the origins of opera to the present day, this is the most comprehensive guide to opera singers in the English language. Articles from the The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and Grove Music Online have been fully revised and updated and new entries have been commissioned on contemporary singers such as Angelika Kirchschlager and Sanford Sylvan. Each entry is written by an expert in the field and special attention has been paid to identifying first performances of important roles. The text is enlivened by black and white illustrations and colour plates, including portraits, caricatures, and photographs of contemporary performances.

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Music Online - Listening - Alexander Street Press
Call Number: M2 .M875 (Electronic resource)
Integrated digital resource of scores, recordings, reference, and video. Access to listening collections include Classical Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound, American Song, Contemporary World Music, and Jazz Music Library. See the reference component of this resource, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, available online and in print.

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Orchestral Music Online - David Daniels
Call Number: ML128.O5 D3 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0810856743
Orchestral Music Online is the most recent iteration of the fourth edition of David Daniels' Orchestral Music: A Handbook (2005), and provides information on more than 7,000 works by roughly 1,000 composers. Features basic and advanced searching. Updated monthly. Search Tips

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - 4th ed. - Colin Larkin, ed.
Call Number: ML102.P66 G84 2006 (Electronic resource)
Authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists covers popular music from 1900 to the present, including folk, blues, world music, rock, heavy metal, techno, reggae, and hip hop. This A-Z reference also includes entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record lables, venues, and festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. Print edition in reference.

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The Sound of Broadway Music: A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations - Steven Suskin
Call Number: ML455 .S87 2009 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195309472
The first book ever written about the virtually anonymous world of theatrical orchestrators and arrangers. Print copy in reference.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd ed. rev. - Michael Kennedy and Joyce Bourne, eds.
Call Number: ML100 .K35 2006 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198614594
Contains 5,000 entries on composers, most of which include up-to-date worklists, along with entries on conductors, performers, directors, critics, producers and designers of international repute, writers and scholars. Entries also cover individual works, including operas and ballets, orchestras and companies from around the world, famous opera houses, concert-halls, and musical festivals. Musical terms and styles, as well as forms ranging from operatic, vocal, and film scores, to song cycles, chamber, hymns, barbershop, and oratorios are covered, as are general themes such as musicology, acoustics, and absolute pitch, and historical periods such as the Byzantine era. Entries also include a wide range of musical instruments, from the familiar—strings, wind, and brass — to the less familiar — aeolian harp, bamboula and sackbut. See print version below.

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters - Joyce Bourne
Call Number: ML102.O6 B68 2008 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0199548196
A unique and authoritative A-Z reference work that will answer all your questions on who's who in opera. Contains over 2,500 lively entries on operatic characters, with information on the creator of the role and notable performances. From Aeneas to Zaida, A Dictionary of Opera Characters provides extensive coverage of all the characters in operas from around the world and gives synopses for over 200 operas and operettas. It includes feature articles written by well-known personalities from the world of opera, such as Placido Domingo and Dame Janet Baker. Variant title: _Who Married Figaro?: A Book of Opera Characters_.

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical - Thomas Hischak
Call Number: ML102.M88 H593 2008 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195335333
Coverage of the American musical on Broadway, and in film and TV. Print edition in reference.

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Oxford History of Western Music - Richard Taruskin
Call Number: ML160 .T18 2010 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195169794
Features memorable musical analyses and a panoramic sense of the interaction between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music in the West, beginning with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago. Print copies are available in the reference and circulating collections.

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The Oxford Companion to Music - Alison Latham, ed.
Call Number: ML100 .S37 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198662122
Features more than 1,000 new entries than the previous edition; more than 70 percent of the entire text is either new or entirely rewritten. In articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, is authoritative coverage of virtually every musical subject. Embracing the world of music in all its variety — including jazz, popular music, and dance — the Companion offers a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from the Middle Ages to the present day. More than 8,000 articles sweep across an extraordinary range of subjects: composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres. From the study of music — theory, aesthetics, scholarship — to the way it is performed and disseminated, the Companion provides comprehensive, accessible coverage of music in all its artistic, historical, cultural, and social dimensions.

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The Encyclopedia of Country Music - Paul Kingsbury et al, eds.
Call Number: Electronic resource
ISBN: 0195395638
Includes more than 1,200 A-Z entries covering nine decades of history and artistry, from the Carter Family recordings of the 1920s to the reign of Taylor Swift in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Compiled by a team of experts at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the encyclopedia has been brought completely up-to-date, and explores the latest and most critical trends within the industry, shedding light on such topics as the digital revolution, the shifting politics of country music, and the impact of American Idol. Other essays cover the literature of country music, the importance of Nashville as a music center, and the colorful outfits that have long been a staple of the genre. The volume features hundreds of images, including a photo essay of album covers; a foreword by country music superstar Vince Gill (the winner of twenty Grammy Awards); and twelve fascinating appendices, ranging from lists of awards to the best-selling country albums of all time.

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Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World - John Shepherd et al, eds.
Call Number: ML102.P66 C66 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0826463215
Guide to popular music from all corners of the globe. Includes extensive bibliographies, discographies, sheet music listings and filmographies.

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Women in Music: An Encyclopedic Bio-bibliography - Don L. Hixon and Don A. Hennessee
Call Number: ML105 .H68 1993 (Electronic resource)
Historical reference guide listing musicians and composers as described in selected reference sources. Coverage is international and includes discographies.

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Women Composers and Songwriters: A Concise Biographical Dictionary - Gene Claghorn
Call Number: ML105 .C593 1996 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0810831309
Presents succinct biographies for female composers in both secular and sacred music. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order and cover a broad spectrum of music, including classical, jazz, blues, rock, and sacred.


Reference Books

The Holland and Terrell Library print reference collection is located on the 1st floor of Terrell (main library entrance) behind the reference desk.

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Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography, 5th ed. - Vincent H. Duckles and Ida Reed
Call Number: Hol Ref ML113 .D83 1997
ISBN: 0028708210
Contains critically annotated listings of 3,500 key sources, with 1,500 new to this edition, covering classic historic titles, standard works, new works, and a few unusual works. Material is arranged in sections on dictionaries and encyclopedias, histories and chronologies, sources of systematic and historical musicology, bibliographies of music literature and music business, works on individual composers and their music, catalogs of libraries and musical instrument collections, discographies, yearbooks, directories, and electronic information resources. Long the standard guide.

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A Guide to Library Research in Music - Pauline Shaw Bayne
Call Number: Hol Ref ML3797 .B29 2008
ISBN: 0810862115
An introduction to music literature that describes various information-searching techniques and library-based organizational systems, and introduces the array of music resources available. Each chapter has learning exercises for practical application. Appendixes provide quick access to specific topics in library organizational systems, including Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification. A bibliography offers a concise overview of music literature and resources, emphasizing electronic and print publications that have appeared since the year 2000 along with standard references.

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Music Research: A Handbook - Laurie J. Sampsel
Call Number: Hol Ref ML113 .S28 2009
ISBN: 0195171195
Introduces music students to the major print and electronic research tools available to them. Ideal for graduate-level music bibliography and research courses, it can also be used in any undergraduate or graduate music course that requires students to engage in library research or to write a research paper. Concise and practical, this unique handbook does not aim to provide an exhaustive introduction to the subject; rather, it is highly selective and guides students to the most significant English-language research tools and resources, reference titles in major areas, and the principal sources in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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Sourcebook for Research in Music - Phillip D. Crabtree and Donald H. Foster
Call Number: Hol Ref ML113 .C68 2005
ISBN: 0253346118
Guides the researcher in navigating the vast proliferation of materials in music research. The editors emphasize English-language and recent sources, and also include essential materials in other languages. An opening chapter of introductory materials, including a list of common bibliographical terms with definitions, German and French bibliographical terms, and the plan of the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal music classification systems, is followed by seven bibliographical chapters, covering lists of sources as well as collective annotations that introduce and identify specific items.

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Music Library and Research Skills - Jane Gottlieb
Call Number: Hol Ref ML3797 .G68 2009
ISBN: 0131584340
A complete guide for music majors for researching and completing a paper, encompassing all the latest technologies and resources, providing not only annotated listings of key items but also informative "how to" side bars and "real life" stories to guide the student.

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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. - Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .N48 2001
ISBN: 1561592390
An indispensable resource and a classic reference. The word "updated" doesn't begin to describe the thousands of new articles, topics, cross-references, and areas of scholarship incorporated into The New Grove II . Every one of the first edition's 22,500 articles has been reviewed and revised, with thousands of articles expanded. Previously neglected or under-represented areas have been examined, explored, and explained. Movements and topics once deemed too controversial or too far from the mainstream have been added. And throughout, 6,500 new articles cover more than 5,000 years of music history, instruments, composers, institutions, performers, genres, and more. See enhanced e-version, Grove Music Online, above.

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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians - Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Diane Kuhn, and Dennis McIntire
Call Number: Hol Ref ML105 .S612 1997
ISBN: 0028712714
This edition includes hundreds of new entries along with updates on musicians and composers of the 1800s and artists from other musical genres whose work has significantly influenced 20th century classical music. Contains a glossary of terms.

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The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz - Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.J3 F4 1999
ISBN: 0195074181
Comprehensive biographical summaries arranged in alphabetical order on over 3,000 jazz musicians and groups.

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The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire - Ted Gioia
Call Number: Hol Ref ML128.J3 G56 2012
ISBN: 0199937397
Includes composer details, recording history, and brief commentary on 250 well-known jazz pieces.

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The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.) - Barry Dean Kernfeld, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.J3 N48 2001
ISBN: 1561592846
Coverage of all jazz forms and styles, including the presence of jazz in film and media, American studies, modern social history, women's studies, and cultural studies.

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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers - Will Friedwald
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.J3 F75 2010
ISBN: 9780375421495
Alphabetical entries of performers with information on singing styles, dates, and significant jazz and pop recordings.

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The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. - Charles Hiroshi Garrett, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML101.U6 N48 2013
ISBN: 019531428X
Contains more than 9,300 entries on music and music-making in the United States, augmented with 447 images and 137 music examples. Extensive, detailed coverage also reflects emerging areas of scholarship, including disability, ecomusicology, environmental music, sound studies, and soundscapes.

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Contemporary Composers - Brian Morton and Pamela Collins
Call Number: Hol Ref ML105 .C75 1992
ISBN: 1558620850
Features, in full detail, more than 500 masters of composition from around the world, including extensive coverage of African and Asian composers as well as strong representation of women composers. Each comprehensive entry begins with a complete biography of the composer, providing details of birth, education and marriage; posts and positions held; awards and distinctions gained; a contact address; and music publishers.

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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Multi-volume) - James Porter, Timothy Rice, et al, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .G16 1998
ISBN: 0815310846
Takes a cultural approach to its focus on the music of all the world's peoples. Each volume is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group, and complemented by an extensive index. Although each volume will differ because of the nature of the material, the organization remains consistent throughout all: regional overviews first; music in the social context next; then finally, the musical traditions of individual countries or ethnic groups. Online version available above.

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International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, 2nd ed. (2 vols.) - Aaron I. Cohen
Call Number: Hol Ref ML105.C7 1987
ISBN: 0961748524
Contains over 6,000 entries. Short biographies with lists of works to date. Has sections on "the first woman to" in musical contexts and quotations.

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The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers - Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML105 .N67x 1994
ISBN: 0393034879
Provides detailed biographies of more than 1,000 creators of Western classical music. In signed articles, the Dictionary chronicles the lives and works of women composers from all corners of the world. Here you can read about the Medieval mystic Hildgard von Bingen, the Renaissance madrigalist Maddalena Casulana, the flamboyant seventeenth-century vocal composer Barbara Strozzi, the prolific New Englander Amy Beach, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd ed. - Laurence Libin, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.I5 N48 2014
ISBN: 0199743398
Over 8,000 entries covering instruments from around the world and their builders, with special attention to electronic and experimental instruments, the human body as an instrument, the history and techniques of instrument design and manufacture, performance practice, organology, and the scholars whose work has shaped our current understanding of musical instruments.

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Baker's Dictionary of Opera - Laura Diane Kuhn
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.O6 B26 2000
ISBN: 0028653491
Includes 1000 alphabetical entries on opera singers, composers, and selected related artists (e.g., conductors, impresarios, and musicologists). Appendixes include opera character names, terms, chronology, synopses, and descriptions of selected world opera houses.

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Baker's Dictionary of Music - Nicolas Slonimsky and Richard Kassel
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .S635 1997
ISBN: 0028647912
An A to Z listing of musicians, famous compositions, musical terms, and instruments covering everything from Bach to rock music with more than 125 illustrations, photographs, and drawings. Includes in-depth essays on musical topics and an introduction to musical terminology.

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Chronology of Western Classical Music - Charles J. Hall
Call Number: Hol Ref ML161 .H227 2002
ISBN: 0415942160
This 2-volume reference work offers a complete chronology of classical music from the 18th-century through the end of the 20th. Organized by year, each entry gives: births of key musicians/composers, deaths, performing debuts, new positions, prizes/honors, bibliographical highlights, cultural beginnings, musical literature, and compositions. This work answers hundreds of common questions, from "Who wrote that piece?" to "When was it first performed"? A complete index is given in each volume, making finding information quick and easy. This book will strongly appeal to music students, professors, and lovers of classical music.

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A History of Western Music - 8th ed. - J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca
Call Number: Hol Ref ML160 .G872 2010
ISBN: 0393931250
Focuses on the musical works, styles, genres, and ideas that have proven most influential, enduring, and significant—but it also encompasses a wide range of music, from religious to secular, from serious to humorous, from art music to popular music, and from Europe to the Americas. With a six-part structure emphasizing the music’s reception and continued influence, the narrative approach establishes a social and historical context for each repertoire to reveal its legacy and its significance today.

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Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography - George R. Hill and Norris L. Stephens
Call Number: Hol Ref ML113 .H55 1997
ISBN: 0914913220
An index volume that somewhat updates Heyer (below). Useful for identifying new historical editions and additional volumes of existing series since 1980.

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Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents, 2 vols. (3rd ed.) - Anna Harriet Heyer, comp.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML113 .H52 1980
ISBN: 083890288X
A guide to the contents of principal anthologies of music, ranging from single-volume works to multi-volumed national monuments (or denkmäler) and composers’ collected editions. The second volume is an index of composers, editors and titles which provide access to the contents listings in the first volume.

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Historical Dictionary of Sacred Music - Joseph P. Swain
Call Number: HoL Ref ML102.C5 S83 2006
ISBN: 0810855305
Provides in one volume basic information about the most important traditions, persons, places, technical terms, and documents of sacred music, along with an extensive bibliography. Covers the most important aspects of the sacred music of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and certain other smaller groups, and cross references frequently indicate an analogous entry in other religious traditions, even when there is no direct historical relation, in order to highlight commonalities that otherwise might be missed.

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Broadway Musicals, 1943-2004 - John Stewart
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.M88 S74 2006
ISBN: 0786422440
Provides information on every musical produced on Broadway since Oklahoma’s 1943 debut. Each entry begins with a brief synopsis of the show, followed by a three-part history: first, the pre-Broadway story of the show, including out-of-town try-outs and Broadway previews; next, the Broadway run itself, with dates, theatres, and cast and crew, including replacements, chorus and understudies, songs, gossip, and notes on reviews and awards; and finally, post-Broadway information with a detailed list of later notable productions, along with important reviews and awards. An appendix lists musicals of interest that fall outside this work’s parameters (i.e., only musical shows produced on traditionally defined Broadway). Indexed by song title and personnel for quick and easy reference.

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Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers - Steven Suskin
Call Number: Hol Ref ML128.M78 S86 2000
ISBN: 0195125991
Chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater covering over 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes.

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Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007 - Dan Dietz
Call Number: Hol Ref ML1711.8.N3 D54 2010
ISBN: 078643399X
Discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. It includes detailed descriptions of Off Broadway musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production’s cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer.

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music - 4th ed. - Colin Larkin, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML102.P66 G84 2006
ISBN: 0195313739
Authoritative multi-volume biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists covers popular music from 1900 to the present, including folk, blues, world music, rock, heavy metal, techno, reggae, and hip hop. This A-Z reference also includes entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record lables, venues, and festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. See e-version above.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music - 2nd ed. - Michael Kennedy and Joyce Bourne, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .K35 2006
ISBN: 0198614594
Coverage continues to span musical topics of all kinds: composers (and their principal works); conductors; musical terms and forms; descriptions of musical instruments; leading orchestras and music academies around the world; and critics, journalists, and other writers on music. This revised and expanded edition adds some 1,500 entries, with particular attention paid to living composers and to younger musical performers making their names in the concert hall, opera houses, etc.... See e-Book above.

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The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India - Nikhil Ghosh and Saṅgīt Mahābhāratīed, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref ML101.I47 O94 2011
ISBN: 0195650980
Comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the music of India spread across 2,000 years, including entries on classical, folk, film, and other forms of music to details of all forms of dance, raga, tala, gharana, treatises, technical terms, and instruments as well as short biographies of vocalists, musicologists, saint poets, gurus, composers, and instrumentalists. With 5,000 entries by around 100 acclaimed contributors, the volume spans all regions of India: from Assam, Meghalaya, and Manipur to Gujarat, and from Kashmir to Kerala.

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The Oxford History of Western Music - Richard Taruskin
Call Number: Hol Ref ML160 .T18 2005
ISBN: 0195169794
Features memorable musical analyses and a panoramic sense of the interaction between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music in the West, beginning with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago. E-book version above. Volumes also available in circulating collection.

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The Penguin Companion to Classical Music - Paul Griffiths
Call Number: Hol Ref ML100 .G84 2005
ISBN: 0140515593
Biographies of thousands of composers from Albinoni to Zappa, with in-depth treatment of major figures along with coverage of individual works, including plot summaries of operas and ballets, articles on the history of music and instruments, entries on musical forms, from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism, and clear definitions of technical terms and jargon.

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Music Index (1949 - 1998) - Harmonie Park Press
Call Number: Holland and Terrell Compact Storage D866*
ISBN: 0027-4348
Contains indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry from hundreds of periodicals. *Note location in circulating collections.


Biographical & Supplemental eResources

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Oxford English Dictionary - Oxford University Press.
Call Number: Hol Ref PE1625 .O87 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198611862
Provides etymologies and examples of usage for English words. Especially useful for determining what possible meanings an author may have intended in a given work written at a given time. The online OED is updated on a quarterly basis. The OED is the premier historical dictionary of the English language.

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref DA28 .O95 2004- (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 019861411X
Biographies of noteworthy people, no longer living, who inhabited or were connected with the British Isles. Portraits included for more than 10,000 entries.

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American National Biography - General editors, John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes
Call Number: Hol Ref CT213 .A68 1999 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195206355
Short Biographical sketches of over 18,300 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the United States. Contains thousands of illustrations, 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites. Updated quarterly.

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Oxford Classical Dictionary - Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref DE5 .O9 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198606419
In over 6,200 entries, provides both scholars and non-specialists with a comprehensive source of reference which aims to answer all their questions about the classical world. Written by the very best of classical scholars from all over the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.

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Who's Who in the Classical World - Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth, eds.
Call Number: DE7 .W48 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192801074
Holds biographical entries on nearly 500 individuals of central importance from the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including writers, thinkers, artists, scientists, statesmen, kings, queens, and other historical figures.

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Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World - John Roberts, ed.
Call Number: DE5 .O92 2007 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192801465
From the first Olympic Games in 776 BC to the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180, this accessible and wide-ranging reference work draws on the groundbreaking Oxford Classical Dictionary to present more than 2,500 entries on the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The dictionary covers key aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life and literature, such as science, social structure, philosophy, and religion, and contains comprehensive articles on central....

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Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (eBook) - Barbara Cassin, ed.
This is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages spanning the classical, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods, these are terms that influence thinking across the humanities. The entries, written by more than 150 distinguished scholars, describe the origins and meanings of each term, the history and context of its usage, its translations into other languages, and its use in notable texts.

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New Dictionary of the History of Ideas - Maryanne Cline Horowitz, editor in chief
Call Number: CB9 .N49 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0684314525
A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. Includes aesthetics.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Academic ed. - Encyclopædia Britannica
Call Number: AE5 .E363 (Electronic resource)
EBO provides access to over 75,000 articles from the Encyclopædia Britannica; headlines from the New York Times, the BBC, the SBS Australian News Service, and full-text articles from more than 700 magazines and periodicals provided by EBSCO and Proquest; World data; Gateway to the classics; 166,000 Web sites selected by Britannica editors; over 27,000 images and maps, plus 3,300 animations, videos, and audio files; and world atlas. Includes Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary and thesaurus.


Indexes & Book Reviews

Print and electronic information about scholarly journals, book review citations, and retrospective periodicals indexing.

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Humanities International Index - Whitston Publishing
Call Number: Electronic resource
Covers journals, books, and other important reference sources in the humanities, with indexing and abstracts for more than 2,300 journals encompassing millions of cumulative records. International in scope, contains citations to articles, essays and reviews, and original creative works including poetry, fiction, photographs, paintings, and illustrations. Search Tips

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Humanties and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907 - 1984) - H.W. Wilson
Call Number: Electronic resource
Offers a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences, including comprehensive indexing of nearly 1,200 periodical as well as citations to more than 1,300,000 articles, over 240,000 book reviews, many of which are peer-reviewed. Specific topical areas include art, classical studies, dance, film, folklore, literary & social criticism, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion & theology. Full-text content available. Indexes reviews. Search Tips

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Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900/1904 - 2005) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: Holland/Terrell Libraries Compact-Storage D856
ISBN: 00340464
Standard reference index to popular publications from a variety of fields and disciplines. Check "availability and request options" in the catalog record for all locations of this title.

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Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States, reflecting the history of 20th century America. Access to over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines; many of the articles are peer reviewed. Search Tips

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Ulrich's Periodicals Directory - ProQuest / Serials Solutions
Call Number: Z6941 .U51 (Electronic resource)
Standard library directory and comprehensive information database on popular magazines, academic journals, and other serial publications like business and trade magazines. Includes ISSNs, title variants and other publishing information, formats, and whether titles are peer-reviewed or available on open access. Multiple access points, including title, subject, and ISSN searching. Continuously updated.

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Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982 - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Virtually every major idea that shaped the 20th century found expression in books. The reactions to those ideas are reflected in the reviews of those books, and this new database makes it easy to search this vast record of information. Reflecting nearly eight decades of H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest, this database provides excerpts from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction. Reviews of 300,000 books. Search Tips

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Book Review Digest Plus (1983- ) - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Provides access to book reviews on a wide range of topics and from a variety of sources on academic works, fiction and non-fiction, the humanities and social sciences, foreign language reviews, and narrow and specialized subjects. Updated daily. Search Tips

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Book Review Digest (1905 - 2004) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: Holland/Terrell Libraries Compact-Storage D869
ISBN: 00067326
Cites and provides excerpts of reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each book is also provided. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

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Book Review Index (1965-2003) - Gale Cengage Learning
Call Number: Hol Ref Z1035.A1 B6
ISBN: 05240581
Provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. Coverage and citations for both newly published and older materials


Searching the Audiobooks Collection in the Libraries


Go to the Advanced Search screen of Search It and select in subject from the drop-down menu. Type audiobooks in the search box.  Your search should look like the sample image above.

Organizations and Associations

Citation & Research Tools

  • Why We Cite
    A brief tutorial on the role of citation in scholarly and academic writing. (Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • How We Cite
    A brief tutorial on how to integrate outside sources to your paper. (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Purdue University - Research and Citation Resources
  • WSU Libraries Quick Ciatation Guides
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources
    Offers definitions and examples from different scholarly disciplines. (Produced by The Borough of Manhattan Community College.)
  • Scholarly Journals vs. Magazines
    A chart which defines and contrasts scholarly journals and articles with other types of periodical literature. (Produced by the University of Central Florida Libraries)
  • Annotated Bibliographies
    "This handout will explain why annotated bibliographies are useful for researchers, provide an explanation of what constitutes an annotation, describe various types of annotations and styles for writing them, and offer multiple examples of annotated bibliographies in the MLA, APA, and CBE/CSE styles of citation." (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Literature Reviews
    "This handout will explain what a literature review is and offer insights into the form and construction of a literature review in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences." (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Writing about music.
    This handout features common types of music assignments and offers strategies and resources for writing them. (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Very Short Introductions

Concise introductory monographs on a wide range of topics, including the arts and humanities.


List of full-text music periodicals currently indexed in JSTOR.


Comparative Table of Musical Intervals - Andrián Pertout (2007)

Research Services - Arts & Humanities

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Finding Recordings & Streaming Audio

WSU Libraries’ Media Materials Services provides a growing collection of CDs, all of which can be found in the Search It Catalog, and which may be checked out with a WSU ID card. Here are some tools for finding sound recordings in MMS.

The WSU Libraries subscribe to online music databases delivering classical music, jazz, folk music, and more, providing thousands of tracks of streaming audio, accessible to anyone with a WSU Network ID:

The Kemble Stout Listening Library in Kimbrough Hall Room 360 has a sizable private collection of sound recordings that are the property of the music department. These recordings do not circulate, but anyone can listen to them on-site. This group of recordings is included in Search It (online catalog).


Finding Scores

Kemble Stout Music Listening Library

Although the Stout Listening Library belongs to the Music Department, this publicly accessible facility in Kimbrough Hall Room 360 houses music scores that are purchased and owned by the WSU Libraries. Music scores are the only WSU Libraries’ property to be housed outside of official Libraries’ facilities. Scores may be checked out with a valid WSU ID card.


Finding Rare Materials


Books before 1800, glorious facsimiles of medieval and renaissance music books, original and facsimile manuscripts, photographs, concert programs, rare recordings and other such resources requiring special protection are located in the Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections department, on the ground floor of Terrell. Visit the department to see its special music materials.


Research Guides

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The Oxford Guide to Library Research, 3rd ed. - Thomas Mann
Call Number: Z710 .M23 2005
ISBN: 0195189981

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The Modern Researcher, 6th ed. - Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff
Call Number: LB2369 .B28 2004
ISBN: 9780495318705

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The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. - Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams
Call Number: Q180.55.M4 B66 2008 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0226065669
Print also available.

Collection Development Policy

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