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Resources for the study of music at Mansfield!
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014 URL: Print Guide

Music Print Page

Looking for Articles?

  • Music Index  
    Single most comprehensive subject-author guide to music periodical literature, 1973-present.
  • RILM  
    Comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes.
  • ERIC  
    Education Resource Information Center (good for articles on music education)
  • JSTOR  
    Full text digital archive featuring many important music journals

Reference Resources

  • Oxford Music Online  
    Grove Music Online, Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford Dictionary of Music, and Oxford Companion to Music
  • Music Online (Alexander Street Press)  
    A comprehensive online music resource that includes Classical Scores Library, and Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.
  • Gale Music Ebooks
    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990, Encyclopedia of National Anthems, and Cambridge Mozart Encylopedia
  • The Craft of Research
    Book Stacks
    Q 180.55.M4 B66 2003
  • A Guide to Library Research in Music
    Music Stacks
    ML 3797 .B29 2008
  • Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia  
  • Oxford Guide to Library Research
    Book Stacks
    Z710 .M23 2005
  • A Style and Usage Guide to Writing about Music
    Music Stacks
    ML3797 .D76 2010

Searching for Scores and Sound Recordings

Scores and CDs are located in the Music Library on the 1st floor South. Cassettes and Records (called "phonodiscs" in the library catalog) are located in the closed stacks--ask for them at the Information Desk on 2nd floor North (you can still check them out!).

There are a few different ways to use the MU Library Catalog to find scores and sound recordings located in our Library:

    • Guided Search
      1. Click on “Search Limits”  at the bottom right
      2. Limit the Item Type to “Musical Recording” or “Music Score” 
      3. Click on "Set Limits" at the bottom of the page
      4. Perform your search 

    • Basic Search
      1. Under “Search by” select “Keyword Boolean Search”
      2. Set Single Limit to “Musical Score”, “Sound Recording”, or "Music CD"
      3. Combine keywords with the word “and”
                  For example: Mozart and concertos and horn
        • Select your two or three keywords from among the following information:
          • Composer
          • Title or portion of title
          • Instrument(s)
          • Distinctive number(s) (opus or thematic index numbers)
          • Performer(s)
          • Key

Composer Information

  • Oxford Music Online  
    Contains the Grove Encyclopedia, which is THE music encyclopedia and the best place to start when looking for information about music-related people. The online version includes The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Jazz, and New Grove Opera.
  • Subject Research Guides
    Music Reference - 1st Floor South
    Research guides list potential sources for specific subjects such as Beethoven, Copland, and many others.
  • Biography Research Guide (Musicians)
    Some general music biography sources from the Library's Biography Research Guide.

Uniform Titles

What is a Uniform Title? Why does it matter?

Almost all scores and sound recordings (CDs, cassettes, and records) in the library have Uniform Titles. Uniform Titles help organize music materials, so that the many versions of one work are brought together under one heading in the online catalog. Understanding Uniform Titles can help you search more efficiently for scores and sound recordings.

For additional help on Uniform Titles, see Making the Most of the Music Library: Using Uniform Titles from the Cook Music Library at Indiana University. This site provides detailed information about uniform titles and a great tutorial which assists users in understanding and creating uniform titles.


To obtain a dissertation, you can try to borrow it through ILL, but be aware that most institutions do not lend dissertations, or they charge for lending. It is also possible to purchase copies of most dissertations.

If you don't find an appropriate dissertation citation, go to the Information Desk. Any of the librarians can help you do a special database search for dissertations.

See also our Dissertations & Theses page.

  • RILM  
    Use RILM to find both doctoral and non-doctoral dissertations. Use the Advanced Search to limit the Document Type to "All Dissertations".
  • Music Index  
    Music Index is best used when searching for music education dissertations. Dissertation citations are taken from Dissertation Abstracts International. To search for only dissertations, use the “Expert” search and select “dissertation” next to “Document Type”.
  • Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
    This is a source for citations to dissertations in musicology.
  • UMI Dissertation Express
    This service will tell you what dissertations are available. Once you have located the dissertation, request it through Illiad and we will try to get it for you.

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