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Music & Performing Arts Library
Major Reference Sources and Histories
Both reference sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.) and music history texts can be very useful for situating a specific topic within a time period. They can also be great resources for identifying topics that are of interest to you.
Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music Online provides online access to a number of music reference sources, including the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. The New Grove Dictionary is a key resource in the study of music and is an excellent place to start your research.
Oxford History of Western Music
Histories are very useful for providing the context of a particular composer, work, or genre of music. They can give you background on the development of a particular type of music or composer in a particular time and/or place. This resource is broken down by time periods, including sections on Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century and Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries.