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HR 0202: Critical Issues in American Popular Music - Blues to Hip Hop - Torff

Background Sources

Online Reference Resources for Music

Background Sources

Reference tools such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are good places to start your research because they provide an overview of the topic as well as keywords, dates, and facts

This database provides simultaneous access to several online versions of music encyclopedias and dictionaries listed separately in the section below.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks

The following reference resources available in print and online, where indicated. You can find more by browsing the M section in the reference stacks (main level of the library) or by searching on a broad topic under Books & Media and narrowing your search to "Reference".


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