General resources such as Wikipedia and the reference works listed below can be great places to start exploring a topic, especially if your topic is still far too broad for the scope of your project. To begin, click the Oxford Music Online link below and see what's offered on your topic. Don't worry about getting too specific at this point--but if something captures your interest, follow it.
One of the great powers of resources like Oxford Music Online--and Wikipedia too!--is their reference lists. Using the same references that the creators of these resources used can be a rewarding research strategy. Here's how to do it:
The library catalog is your best option for finding composer biographies, musicological studies, scores, and music recordings.
For best results, try these strategies:
Not finding what you need? Search WorldCat Discovery, expand your search to Libraries Worldwide, and take advantage of Interlibrary Loan.
All music call numbers start with the letter M. Easy to remember! But there are different kinds of music resources, denoted by their call number letters:
If the library is closed, or for your own convenience, you can place a hold for print items from the catalog. Then, pick them up from library staff.