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Guide to MLA Style (7th ed.)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
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Find Books

Books related to music have call numbers in the 700's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other music books are located on the upper floor, left side.

Other Recommended Databases

  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Includes news and trade publications covering the music industry, as well as reviews of music and performances. Also useful for biographical information.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    Includes dissertations and theses on every graduate research topic, including music and performing arts.
  • Business Source Elite
    Find articles and reports on the business, economics, and marketing aspects of music.


Biography Databases

  • Biographies Reference Center
    Full text database providing coverage on a wide range of notable people, both contemporary and historic, with additional links to books and articles about these individuals.
  • Biography Collection Complete
    Over 170,000 biographies of contemporary and historic individuals from a variety of sources.


Music Education


Essentials of Music
All Music Guide
Music Research Centers
Library of Congress Music Collections
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (LOC)
Black Grooves
Virtual Instrument Museum

Sound Recordings

Smithsonian Folkways
Archival Sound Recordings
Internet Audio Archive

Sheet Music

Archive of Popular American Music
Levy Collection (Johns Hopkins)
Historic American Sheet Music


The Blues (PBS)
Met Opera Database
Smithsonian Jazz
Baroque Music
Musicals 101
Global Music Archive

Television & Film

Television Tunes
Heard on TV
Soundtrack INFO Project
Jazz on the Screen
Film & Television Music Archives

Public Domain

Petrucci Music Library
Copyright & Music
Public Domain Information Project