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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Call Number: ML100 N48 2001
Publication Date: 2001
BEST SOURCE! Available in print in the Library. Authoritative and comprehensive encyclopedia of western classical music.
The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Call Number: ML102 P66 G84 1995
Publication Date: 1995
Available in print in the Library. Encyclopedia covering musical forms not considered "classical" including pop, rock, country, jazz, reggae, and more.
The Oxford Dictionary of Music
Call Number: ML100 K35 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Available in print in the Library.
"Provides short discussions of terms, composers, conductors, works, singers, instruments, instrumentalists, and orchestras" - School Library Journal
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How to do Research in College
How to do Research Guide
Includes tips on searching databases, finding scholarly sources, evaluating resources, and citing sources.
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Using Wikipedia for Academic Research
Wikipedia can also be a helpful tool for finding background information on your topic. The video below helps explain how to use it best.
GREAT TIP: Use these same techniques when looking at articles from Library Databases.
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