Quick Basic Information
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music - Ref ML 100 .G18
Harvard Dictionary of Music - Ref ML 100 .A64
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (Grove Music Online) - Ref ML 100 .N48
Reader's Guide to Music - Ref ML 160 .R3
To find scholarly Information on your Topic
URSUS - Fogler Library's catalog, use it to look for books. There are other libraries in this catalog, as well; look for O or ORO to tell if a book is here. If you want to order a book from another library, click on the Request button on the top of the page. You will be asked for your name and barcode (on the back of your MaineCard). You may also want to search in MaineCat, which includes other libraries across Maine (i.e. Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby). You can request these books as well.
Music Index - This database, including some full text, covers most music journal literature. Article Linker is used within the database to help find electronic copies of articles not full text in the database.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - A comprehensive, international database of music scholarship of all kinds.
Other databases that may be helpful, and that use Article Linker, include:
Academic Search Complete - This database, which includes a lot of full text, indexes both scholarly and trade articles. Check Identifying Scholarly Journals vs. Popular and Trade Magazines for help in telling the difference. Article Linker is used.
Google Scholar - This web search engine does include many full text scholarly articles, but it is generally not as up to date, nor as comprehensive, as the above databases, and not everything is fulltext. Using this link pulls up more full text, through Fogler Library's subscriptions.
Request (click for a demo) allows you to order books from other Maine libraries
Article Linker (click for a demo) allows you to automatically check URSUS for electronic and/or print subscriptions.
Interlibrary Loan - use for journal articles we do not have access to
Ways to find other information
Finding Recordings - a guide to what's available through Fogler Library
Finding Scores - similar to the above, but for scores
Academic Search Complete - This database is listed again here, as many trade magazines are included.
Google - This familiar site searches what's available on the visible Web, with the most popular sites at the top of the list. Think twice before using any Wikipedia sites, as the content can be changed by anyone.
It is very important to cite words and/or ideas you take straight from another work and put into your paper. Your instructor will let you know what specific format to use. We have print guides at the Reference Desk, or you can use our Citation Help page.
There are lots of ways to get help. You can contact the Reference Desk - you can come in, call us at 581-1673, text BEAR to 66746, or use the Ask-a-Librarian chat or email service. You may also contact Nancy Lewis, the Music librarian; you can send her an email on FirstClass (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at 581-3613 to set up an appointment.