Use these resources on campus, at home, on your smartphone.
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 Music Online / Grove Online Brochure
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!
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 Discovery or the Catalogue
You may place a HOLD on any title that's on loan.
If you wish to browse the library shelves you may find these numbers helpful:
780.285 Computer applications
780.9 History of music
781 Theory of music
781.34 Computer composition
781.542 Film music
783 Music for voice
784 Popular music
785 Instrumental music
786 Keyboard, mechanical, electronic, & percussion instruments
787 Stringed instruments
788 Wind instruments
Or search the Catalogue!