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Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Encyclopedias and More

  • Oxford Music Online
    Contains the online version of the classic New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, as well as online versions of the Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books combined into a single cross-searchable web database.
  • Britannica Online
    The electronic version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. An excellent starting point for almost any topic of research, the Britannica offers both concise descriptions, and longer, more comprehensive articles on a wide variety of topics.

Reference Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians - edited by Stanley Sadie
Call Number: HAT 2d Floor Stacks ML 100 .N48 2001
ISBN: 0195170679

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The Oxford History of Western Music
Call Number: Ref. ML 160 .T18 2005
ISBN: 0195222741

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A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes - Richard Kostelanetz
Call Number: Ref. NX 456 .K67 2000
ISBN: 0415937647

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Music Business Handbook and Career Guide - David Baskerville
Call Number: Ref. ML 3795 .B33 2010
ISBN: 1412976790

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