Handbooks, guides, and bibliographies about specific composers, genres, or instruments can be excellent tools for your research!
What are they?
Why use them?
Oxford Bibliographies (linked below) is a great online tool that collects peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on a variety of topics. Searching here to see what has been written about the topic you're researching is a great way gather background information and decide what sources to read next.
You can also find handbooks, guides, and annotated bibliographies on a variety of topics through the library catalog. One particularly good series is Routledge Music Bibliographies (linked below), which has research guides on specific composers, musical styles, and instruments.
We have collected several recommended guides below to get you started. These are great places to start your research as they can lead you to other books about your chosen song or topic.
To find similar materials in the library catalog, search for your topic AND "research guide", "bibliography", "biobibliography", or "handbook" for the specific composer or type of music you are researching.