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This guide was created in March 2020 to help students in Dr. Turner’s class find e-books (rather than print) to complete assignments while the college’s courses have moved online.
Please don’t hesitate to e-mail the reference librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help finding sources, e.g., on a specific composer, musician, or piece of music. If we have print sources, I may be able to send a scan of the relevant pages; or I may be able to find an e-book, or article, that will help.
IMPORTANT: If you access an e-book that gives you a choice between “Read Online” or “Download Book,” please choose “Read Online” (NOT “Download Book,” which will tie up the book on your computer for three weeks and prevent your classmates from viewing it). So long as you choose “Read Online,” everyone in the class should be able to view the entire book (even simultaneously), and can download sections of it (see the right-hand column for details).
The following reference books, which Dr. Turner recommends, are available electronically. Click on the titles to access the books.
Volumes 2 and 3 of the Oxford History of Western Music (unfortunately we have volumes 1, 4, 5, and 6 only in print):
Sullivan, Steve. Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
Gioia, Ted. The History of Jazz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 2nd ed.
Some reference databases (online collections of reference books) that may be useful:
Other e-books that may be useful:
Randel, Don Michael. The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996. (companion volume to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music; 1013 pages; in CREDO Reference)
Boer, Bertil van. Historical Dictionary of Music of the Classical Period. Scarecrow Press, 2012.
Samson, Jim. The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Music. Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2001.
The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Carlin, Richard. Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge, 2002.
We have several e-books on musical theatre, including:
Everett, William A. The A to Z of the Broadway Musical. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
Bordman, Gerald Martin. American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. 3rd ed.
DeVenney, David P. The New Broadway Song Companion. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009/
Jasen, David A. Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. New York: Routledge, 2003.
For more e-books on musical theatre, see our library guide on musical theatre here (especially the “E-books” section).
You can search for e-books in two ways:
Online catalog: Access our catalog, then:
To search the full text of our ProQuest e-books:
To search the full text of our EBSCO e-books: