Music Subject Guide

Featured Background Sources

Reference sources give you succinct overviews of your topic, explain scholarly arguments, point out interesting questions, and refer you to especially key sources.

Music analyses : an annotated guide to the literature / Author: Diamond, Harold J., 1934- Call #: ML128.A7 D5 1991 Reference

Music criticism : an annotated guide to the literature / Author: Diamond, Harold J., 1934- Call #: ML113 .D5 Reference

Tip: You can find music analysis of selected composers under the tab "resources."
Encyclopedia of popular music [electronic resource] / Call #: INTERNET Reference Electronic

Library Tools

Toolbars reside on a browser and provide shortcuts to frequently used sources. Just download the toolbar in seconds.

  • Library Toolbar includes links to catalogs, ILLiad, Refworks, webmail, Research by Subject, and more!
  • Music Toolbar includes links to Naxos, Oxford Music Online, RILM, Jstor, catalogs, and more!

Tools for Managing Research

  • ILLiad Create an ILLiad account to request and receive resources from other libraries
  • RefWorks Create a Refworks account to import,organize,and store citations as well as generate citations and bibliographies


Start with these tutorials if you have any questions about academic integrity, the research process or a database,but don't hesitate to ask a librarian or your instructor if you need further assistance.

Oxford Music Online

Search Oxford Music Online

Note: To use this resource off campus, please click here. You do allow embedded content.

With Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers thousands of  articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more extensive articles.

Music Course Research Guide

Links to library research guides created for specific courses.

Library News

   Arts@Collins Blog - News, resources, and search tools for faculty and students interested in art, music, and threatre arts in Puget Sound.

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Images from Artstor

In ARTstor there are images that depict music scores, composers, performers, and instruments throughout music history. Of note are the images of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and Princeton University Library.

Learn more about ARTstor collections (pdf handout) relevant to music history.

Last Update: 19 Dec 19:06 | Tagged with: music scores recordings