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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

Featured Reference Resources in Print

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias