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Music Research Guide

This guide lists useful databases and other resources for research in music, music history, and performance. If you need help, ask a librarian!

Search for Books

Search for books by title, author, or subject in our library catalog

Or, use WorldCat to see what books are available in any library. With Interlibrary Loan, you can order books from other libraries


Britannica Online Academic Edition

Browse entries in the Britannica Encyclopedia Online

Citation Resources

Citation Help Guide - Information, tips, and examples of different citations styles

Zotero - A free citation-management tool that keeps sources organized and generates in-text citations and bibliographies

Research Databases

Recordings & Streaming

Resources for Musicians

8notes - Download and print sheet music for free. Search by instrument, style, or artist

Drumeo - Free drum lessons and play-along tutorials for percussionists

Justin Guitar - An ever-growing collection of free guitar lessons, including video, chords, and tabs - Lessons and exercises from basic to advanced music theory

The Mutopia Project - Creative Commons licensed sheet music that is free to download, modify, share, and perform

Pianotte - Free sheet music for pianists who want to learn popular songs

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