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Music Research

Reference Resources on Dance

Welcome to the American Music web page. This page is not comprehensive, but is intended as a starting point to get information on many aspects of American music. If you would like more information or assistance, you can contact Cheryl Taranto at the UNLV Music Library.

Here are a few reference books that come in handy when doing research for our music classes and World Dance.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is helpful when you need a complete definition of a musical term. This particular reference book is very helpful when you need to look up a composer because it gives information about their works and their life.

The Oxford Dictionary of Music is helpful when you need a more concise definition of a musical term. This book also gives a more brief description of composers.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music can be helpful when you are researching the music from whichever country you were given to present in World Dance. This book has an accompanying CD that gives samples of different music described in the book. Ask someone at the front desk to check it out to you.

The reference books are located against the wall near the front counter. Remember reference books cannot be checked out of the library, but you can always make a copy of the page you need to take with you.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians can also be accessed online:

  • Go to the music library webpage.
  • In the bottom right hand corner of the homepage, click on box that says Grove Music.
  • You are now at the Grove Music Online site which gives the same information as the reference book located in the library.
  • Type whatever you want to search in the search box at the top right hand corner of the page.

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance can also be accessed online:

  • Go to the music library webpage and click on Information Resources.
  • In the Information Resources page click on Electronic Indexes and Databases.
  • Now scroll down to General Indexes and click Oxford Reference Online.
  • In the Oxford Reference online click Performing Arts.
  • Now click Oxford Dictionary of Dance and type in a search in the search box.

The Harvard Dictionary of Music can also be accessed online:

  • Go to the music library webpage and click on Information Resources.
  • In the Information Resources page click on Electronic Indexes and Databases.
  • Now scroll down to General Indexes and click Xreferplus.
  • In the xreferplus webpage click music.
  • Now click The Harvard Dictionary of Music and type your search in the search box.