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Reference Music Books
Use these music reference books to gather background knowledge on music history topics. The below list has selected resources and it is not a comprehensive list. Come to the music library to find out more reference resources. Also, please note that since these are reference resources, they can be only used in the music library.
The Oxford History of Western Music
Call Number: ML160 .T18 2005 V.1 -V.6
A collection of essays on the history of Western music. The first two volumes can be especially helpful for you if you need ideas for your research paper.
The Harvard Dictionary of Music
Call Number: ML100 .H37 2003
With authoritative scholarship,The Harvard Dictionary of Music is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music by Ruth M. Stone (Editor)
Call Number: ML100. G16 1998 V1.- V.10
Publication Date: 1997-08-01
This 10-volume series takes a cultural approach to its focus on the music of all the world's peoples. Each volume is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group.
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