Music Research Guide




To find out about topics in music:

 Terminology, techniques, periods, styles, including copyright.

Need more information?  A librarian can help.

CoolCAT    FDU online library catalog contains information about music found in print, electronic books, DVDs , videos, and in other  materials available at Giovatto through our FDU Libraries. Search by keyword, subject, musician, or other options.

Giovatto Library books are on the shelves in call number order using the Library of Congress classification system.

For browsing in the collection see the general areas in Music below:

M   Sheet music and Scores

ML Literature on music

MT Music instruction and study

Music encyclopedias and music history resources are good starting points to get an overview of your topic.

There are print and online general music resources:

Oxford  Music Online:   A  database  for music with images and text from ancient times to present that provides access to several premier music reference sources. Choose FDU Online Library from the FDU Library webpage for database access.

The music tech dictionary:  (FDU) E- Book  ML102.E4 G36 2009eb

How to listen to great music:  Giovatto (FDU) Stacks MT6.G76 2011

There are subject specific music publications:

A composer’s guide to game music: Winifred Phillips. (FDU) E-Book MT64.V53 P45 2014eb

How music and mathematics relate David Kung:  Giovatto (FDU) DVD Media:Circulation Desk

To find published articles in music journals, magazines or newspapers, look for your topic in our FDU Online Library databases.   



 Choose FDU Online Library from the FDU Library webpage for access to databases listed below:

Academic Search Premier

Credo Reference


Additional FDU Online Library databases covering Music:

Popular Culture Universe

Literature Resource Center

Literary Reference Center

Areas  of Specialization:

Music careers         Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Music  education     ERIC  lesson plans covering music

Music  therapy         PsychARTICLES


Music  news and current trends  may be  viewed in the following print titles through the Giovatto Periodicals department; the  Arts Section each Thursday, Friday and Sunday in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Downbeat among others.


How to cite your sources in music:

 Citation style guides are found by searching CoolCAT, FDU Online Library catalog. Ask your instructor which citation style you should use for your assignment

Chicago manual of style. University of Chicago Press: Giovatto (FDU) Reference Z253.U69 2010

Searching non-FDU web resources through the open web

U.S. Copyright Office   The Copyright Office website includes circulars, brochures, forms, factsheets, reports and studies on copyright, and access to copyright registrations from 1978 to present.

The American Musicological Society.( AMS) Historical musicology.

The Society for Ethnomusicology  (SEM) Ethnomusicology.

Society for music theory (SMT) Music theory.

Music  Matters. An organization formed by the United Kingdom music industry that offers videos from artists about the value of music.

Pro-Music. A music industry-supported organization  that provides information about online music and legal online music services.