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Music Research @ Collins Library

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for Puget Sound students interested in Music. It provides general information as well as links to selected print and electronic resources.

  • Getting Started leads you to suggested background sources for an overview of your topic.
  • Primary Sources include examples of original, uninterpreted sources relevant to music.  
  • Books & More highlight current books, e-books, Primo, and films.
  • Articles on music topics may be found in the highlighted databases. 
  • Scores gives you information on locating musical scores.
  • Audio shows you where to find both physical and digital recordings of music. 
  • Musical Analysis is a starting point for those looking to analyze specific works by composers. 
  • Writing & Citing provide information about style manuals and citation management tools.

Highlighted Resources


Oxford Companion to Music includes definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. It places music in its social and cultural context, with a range of new entries on topics such as politics, religion, psychology, and computers.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music's entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.

Oxford History of Western Music presents Richard Taruskin’s unmatched narrative account of the evolution of Western classical music online. The full text from the five-volume 2009 paperback edition has been reproduced, as have notes, bibliographies, and further readings for each of the 69 chapters. numerous illustrations, and 1,800 musical examples. Note: Limit of 3 simultaneous users.

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