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Oxford Music Online. Choose Oxford Dictionary of Music or Oxford Companion to Music for capsule definitions of terms, genres and composer biographies.
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. 2nd ed. 1992. Print and online. Indispensable resource for Canadian music.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 1998. Print. Useful for its performer biographies and recordings.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Print. Excellent coverage of musical traditions worldwide, with an accompanying set of CDs.
Oxford Music Online. Grove Music Online is the most important resource for music.
New Grove Dictionary of Music. 2001. Print.
Oxford Companion to Music. Brief descriptions of terms, genres, and composer biographies.
Oxford History of Western Music. 2005. Print. Outstanding survey authored by historian Richard Taruskin.
New Oxford History of Music. 1955-90. Print. Authoritative survey.
Often the piece is contained in larger collections of similar works. For instance, if you are looking for Beethoven's Third Symphony, enter in the search box: Beethoven symphonies. That way you would retrieve all recordings and scores of Beethoven's symphonies. Beethoven's Third is also known as the Eroica, so you will retrieve some scores and recordings by using the keyword, Eroica.
You can search only for scores, recordings and videos. Click on the advanced search and then click on Item Types to choose such media as Notated music (scores), Musical sound recordings, or Projected medium (video).
You can search by location. The CDs at the Music Resource Centre (MRC) while the J.N. Desmarais Library (JND) has vinyl LPs. If you want to find only the CD, choose Music Resource Centre instead of Laurentian University from the Basic Menu.
Style Manuals and Writing
The Music program recommends the Chicago Manual of Style. Turabian's Manual for Writers, which is based on the Chicago Manual, is also listed below. The other books are also useful as is the Purdue OWL website.
How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style. Print. 2nd ed. 2005.
Writing About Music. Print. 4th ed. 2009.
Chicago Manual of Style. Print. 17th ed. 2017.
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. By Kate Turabian and others. Print. 9th ed. 2018.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Online.