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
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.