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Resources at Watson Library

Watson Library has a variety of books and eBooks on Music and related topics. The books listed below are a sampling of what we have available in the library - to find more, check our library catalog, or contact us for help!

Resources On The Web

  • Library of Congress Music Database
    The largest library in the world, with millions of books, films and video, audio recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts covering the subject of music.
  • Genius
    Vast collection of annotated song lyrics, highlighting the stories behind the songs, with contributions from Genius editors, the community, plus the musicians, songwriters, and producers themselves.
  • International Alliance For Women In Music
    The world’s leading organization devoted to the equity, promotion, and advocacy of women in music across time, cultures, and genres.
  • New Music USA
    A vast and comprehensive digital database that contains over 57,000 works by more than 6,000 composers, and includes over 14,000 media samples (recordings and scores).
  • Pitchfork
    An independent resource for music journalism, focusing on new music, offers daily reviews, news, features, videos, interviews, and music criticism.

Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is our scholarly alternative to Wikipedia. It allows you to search hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects. Use this search box to browse Music related topics from titles including: 


Classical Music: An Introduction
This resource provides the history of classical music from its medieval origins through to the modern era.
Greene Media 2017


The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education
A guide to the thousands of characters, from humble artisan to lofty genius, who people the unfolding history of music, this volume brings together all the pertinent biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makers from the days of praise chants to the bop and pop of today.
Routledge 2017


Musical Terms, Symbols and Theory: An Illustrated Dictionary
Fully cross referenced, this dictionary is an authoritative source for researchers, musicologists, professional musicians, teachers and students of music, and educated members of the public.
McFarland 2012

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