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Western Music History

This guide is designed to help you get started with your research on the history of music.

Where to begin

1. Identify your topic by asking yourself a question. Identify the keywords and use these in your searches.

2. Create a search that uses the keywords you have identified
     Think of synonyms and acronyms as appropriate
      Use these words to search in the LIbrary Catalogue, Summon and in Journal Article

3. Start with a Dictionary or Encyclopedia (such as the Grove Dictionary of Music) to find your initial information

Grove Dictionary of Music

Grove Music Online Search Box
Grove Music Online

Search the library catalogue

 Use this search box to search the library catalogue for books, scores or recordings

Search for Music Articles

Use this box to search articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time


RILM / Music Index
Limit Your Results
  • Select / Deselect all
  • Music Index
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature


More Music Databases

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