Reference Material

Printed Reference Works

Printed reference material such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias and directories are available on the shelves in the Drill Hall Library and are listed on the library catalogue.

Some useful reference works for Music include:

The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia, edited by Cliff Eisen and Simon P. Keefe. Shelved at 780.92/MOZ:CAM

The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, edited by Douglas Puchowski. Shelved at 780.3/CON

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music by Michael Kennedy. Shelved at 780.3/KEN

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfeld. Shelved at 781.6503/NEW

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie. Shelved at 780.3/NEW

The Oxford Companion to Music, edited by Alison Latham. Shelved at 780.3/OXF

The Oxford Companion to Music, edited by Percy A. Scholes. Shelved at 780.3/OXF

The Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms, edited by Alison Latham. Shelved at 780.3/OXF

The Unsigned Guide. Shelved at 780.2541/UNS

Electronic Reference Services

There are several electronic reference services useful for Music.

Oxford Music Online includes Grove Music Online, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.

You can see the whole range of electronic reference services on the Reference resources web page.

Useful electronic reference services for music include:

  • American National Biography Online
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Oxford Reference Online - a large collection of subject dictionaries and guides including: the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music; the Oxford Companion to Music; the Grove Book of Operas; the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera.

Freely available Online Dictionaries

- Visuwords is an interesting example of a free open access English language dictionary. It is based upon Princeton University's WordNet and enables users to look up definitions of words and then view in visual graphs which map their associations with related terms and concepts. These include broader and narrower terms, associated nouns, verbs and adverbs. This makes the site very effective for use as a thesaurus and for tracing related synonyms. Information on sources and compilation is provided on the website.

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