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Music Research Guide: Overview

music, CDs, scores, music education, education, listening

Major Music Research Sources

Find Materials at Blough-Weis Library

This box doesn't really search everything, but it includes the library catalog and many of the general databases to which the library subscribes.

Advanced Search

If you're getting inaccurate results, or just too many of them, choose Advanced Search to help narrow the focus, or limit your results with the list of options down the left side of the search results page.

Find Materials at Other Libraries

Blough-Weis Library has a new ILL (Interlibrary Loan) service, and it's integrated directly into our regular catalog! For more detailed information, visit our

Interlibrary Loan Guide

Already know exactly what book or article you need? Make your request with our new

ILL request form

Still looking for resources?

The easiest place to start is the "Library Search" box on the library homepage or just above!

After you run a search, click the "expand your search" just above the results list to find books and articles that you can request from other libraries.

Do you need to find specific information on a particular book, like which libraries own it, or details on exactly when and where certain editions were published? Visit

FirstSearch WorldCat,

which integrates the catalogs of college, university, and research libraries across North America and Europe. You can also click on the "Find It" link within a record to submit an ILL request.

More Music Research Sources

General Databases & Reference Works

These broad-based reference works & databases also include entries on music, with articles on composers, famous performers, and significant compositions.

Music Editions

Citations in Music

Music scholars typically use Chicago notes and bibliography style for their citations, although some of your professors may prefer MLA style. Here is the library's guide to proper citations and formatting in multiple styles:

An outstanding resource, with numerous examples of different possible types of sources that you could need to cite, is maintained by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Additional Help


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