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Music: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Why Use Reference Sources?

Specialised music encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks offer information on composers, musical works, instruments, genres of music and musical terms

Use them when you want to

  • define terminology
  • find brief, factual information
  • build up a context for the topic and ideas to explore

Oxford Music Online

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Oxford Music Online includes

  • Grove Music Online
  • Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • Oxford Companion to Music

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries