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Music - History and Analysis: Library Resources

A guide for 1st year Applied Music degree students studying MUS 105 and MUS 106

Library Information

    Search the Catalogue

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To renew your books... use this Catalogue

To find books, CDs, DVDs, print music, journal articles

         Use the Discovery catalogue

Online Resources

Use these resources on campus, at home, on your smartphone. 

Oxford Music Online

Look up history, theory, composers and compositions in the New Grove Dictionary online. It's a good idea to get familiar with the print version first.

Oxford History of Western Music

Read Taruskin's insights into history and the great composers - the same text as the book, but a searchable e-book format!

Books - by Subject

The Nelson Library has a wide range of books on Music History.

The Library has assigned subject headings to the books in the collection. Some headings will link through to many titles, others only one or two. The headings may not always be comprehensive, so when you find a good book, try browsing the shelf nearby for more.

Tip: Try searching a composer's name as a keyword in the Discovery catalogue.

You may place a HOLD on any title that's on loan.

  Browsing the Shelves

If you wish to browse the library shelves you may find these numbers helpful:

780-789 Music
780.285 Computer applications
780.9 History of music
781 Theory of music
781.3 Composition
781.34 Computer composition
781.37-781.38 Arranging
781.542 Film music
782.14 Musicals
783 Music for voice
784 Popular music
785 Instrumental music
785.42 Jazz
786 Keyboard, mechanical, electronic, & percussion instruments
787 Stringed instruments
787.87 Guitar
788 Wind instruments


Or search the Catalogue! 

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