The following guides have been selected as some of the best in the nation for research advice and support. Although the Thrift Library will not have the same resources, most books, articles, and media can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.
The Music Dictionary features The Grove Dictionary of Music Vol II, the trusted music dictionary of musical terms and musicians for over 100 years. The Music Dictionary is free online and Vol II has over 10K music terms and musician bios for your personal and research use.
This Research Guide attempts cover the the history of western music from early times to present. It identifies the best resources and search tools and also provides helpful advice on library research.
The Journal of Music History Pedagogy is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, open-access, on-line journal dedicated to the publication of original articles and reviews related to teaching music history of all levels (undergraduate, graduate, or general studies) and disciplines (western, non-western, concert and popular musics). The JMHP holds no single viewpoint on what constitutes good teaching and endorses all types of scholarship on music history pedagogy that are well-researched, objective, and challenging. The JMHP is a publication of the Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society; it is indexed in RILM and DOAJ.
Crank Up the Phonograph: Who We Are and Where We Came from in Early Sound Recordings
"A free academic work that attempts to understand how Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries viewed themselves, others, and the general world they encountered."
OnMusic Dictionary is the successor of former Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary.
Also includes browsing by Instrument Classifications, Composers, Symbol Charts, and an Appendix with music fundamentals, music history, and performance practice.