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Harvard Dictionary of Music. 2003. Print. Excellent resource for definitions of musical terms.

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. Online/Print.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 1998. Print. Useful for its performer biographies and recordings.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Print. 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.

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Ebook collections

  • Ebook Central ?

    Description: close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library ?

    Description: Over 80 reference ebooks in multiple subject areas.

  • Intelex Past Masters: Full-Text Humanities ?

    Description: Description: Encompasses the largest collection of primary source full-text electronic editions in philosophy in the world. Includes significant collections in the history of political thought and theory, religious studies, education, German studies, sociology, the history and philosophy of science, economics, and classics. Features definitive editions of the full corpora of the seminal figures in the history of the human sciences, including published and unpublished works, articles, essays, reviews, and correspondence. Publishes collections in English and English translation, German, French, Latin, Danish, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Also includes The English Letters Collection (letters or correspondence and in some cases the notebooks, diaries, and memoirs of the most significant figures in English cultural history, politics, religion and the arts), the Women Writers Collection, and the Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies Collection. --Publisher’s description

  • Oxford Scholarship Online ?

    Description: Over 13,960 ebooks in multiple subject areas.

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  • Scholars Portal - Ebooks ?

    Description: Over 345,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text.

  • Springer LINK ?

    Description: SpringerLink currently offers 2,777 fully peer-reviewed journals and over 151,000 books online.

  • Taylor & Francis E-books ?

    Description: More than 15,000 e-books in multiple subject areas.

  • ACLS Humanities Ebooks ?

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Catalogues - Print and Ebooks, DVDs, CD and Vinyl Recordings

Dissertations and Theses

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses ?

    Description: This database includes 2.7 million searchable citations to doctoral dissertation and Master's theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Full text has been added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Those not available full-text may be ordered privately; they are not normally available through interlibrary loan.

  • Theses Canada ?

    Description: "Canadian universities participate in the program voluntarily by submitting approved theses and dissertation to Theses Canada." Published by Library and Archives Canada.

  • Dissertations & Theses @ Laurentian University ?

    Description: This database gives access to the dissertations and theses produced by students at Laurentian University

  • DART-Europe E-Theses Portal ?

    Description: "The DART-Europe E-theses Portal is a searchable database of electronic research theses held in European repositories. The theses listed are open access - publicly available, in full, without charge." - publisher's info.

  • EThOS — British Library e-theses online service ?

    Description: EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. There are approximately 380,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 120,000 of these also provide access to the full text thesis, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institution’s own repository.

  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) ?

    Description: aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. - Publisher's description

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Music - Related Resources

  • Google Scholar ?

    Description: "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature... across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."

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  • Globe & Mail (Historical) ?

    Description: Canada's national newspaper. Articles and full page reproductions of the complete newspaper from 1844 to 2012.

Music indexes and abstracts

JSTOR. Online. Full-text journals, including for music. Embargo of three to five years.
The Music Index. 1949-78. Print.
Canadian Music Periodical Index.  To 2012. Online

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Online Listening Resources

  • Naxos Music Library ?

    Description: "Complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 400 independent labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, CPO, EMI Classics, Erato, Haenssler Classic, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Teldec, Vanguard Classics, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics. ...More than 78,760 CD-length recordings equivalent to 1,132,100 tracks uploaded, with addition of over 1,000 CD-length recordings every month." -- publisher's description.

Canadian Contemporary Music

Centrestreams has broadcast and concert recordings for free listening online. You must create an account first with the Canadian Music Centre.

Search Tips

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.

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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.

Track your research

Zotero, a free, browser-based citation manager, is the recommended tool to collect, organize, cite and share your research.

Citing sources

See our Citation Style Guide and this quick guide on the Chicago website.