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Music research online: essential tools to explore Western art music: Get an overview in music encyclopedias

Sources to help you construct an outline for research into a historical periods, genres, composers, instruments, and theoretical topics

Music encyclopedias

undefinedThe first step in exploring a new topic is to get a reliable overview.

Music encyclopedias provide scholarly coverage of a wide variety of topics. When reading an entry, note names of composers, important dates and places, and titles of significant musical works. You can use this information to effectively search the library catalog and article databases.