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Art, Dance, and Music

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 Title: J.S. Bach : a life in music
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Reference materials: almanacs, encyclopedias, and other informational guides relevant to research in Art, Dance, and Music. Please note that this is just a sampling - there are many others located in the same sections as the ones listed below. 

Art Research Materials: 

Reference Source

Call Number

EBSCO eBookCollection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

The dictionary of art (34 vols.)

Ref N31 .D5 1996

Janson's history of art : the western tradition

ref N5300.J3 2007

Artspeak : a guide to contemporary ideas, movements, and buzzwords, 1945 to the present

ref N6490 .A87 1997

Latin American and Caribbean artists of the modern era

ref N6502.4.S45 2003

Contemporary women artists

ref N8354 .C66 1999

Encyclopedia of 20th century architecture (3 vols.)

ref NA680.E495 2004

The Grove encyclopedia of decorative arts (2 vols.)

ref NK28.G76 2006

The design encyclopedia

ref NK1370.B93 2004

Dance Research Materials: 

Reference Source

Call Number

The Oxford dictionary of dance

Ref GV1585 .C78 2000

The Encyclopedia of dance & ballet

ref GV1585 .E5

International encyclopedia of dance (6 vols.)

Ref GV1585 .I586 1998

The Dance film and video guide

ref GV1595 .D32 1991

Biographical dictionary of dance

ref GV1785.A1 C58 1982

A core collection in dance

ref Z7514.D2 C685 2001

Music Research Materials

(FAC = located at FAC Library; GRAM = located at Gramley Library):

Reference Source

Call Number

Tin Pan Alley [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia of the golden age of American song

Electronic Book

The Harvard dictionary of music

GRAM & FAC  Ref ML100 .A64 2003

The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians

FAC  ref ML100 .N48 2001 (GRAM: 1980 ed.)

The pianist's dictionary

FAC  Ref ML102 .P5 H46 2004

Chamber music : a research and information guide

FAC  Ref ML128 .C4 B37 2002

Study and listening guide for A history of western music (5th Ed.)

FAC  Ref ML160 .G872 1996

The Grove book of operas

GRAM  ref ML102.O6 N48 2006

The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music (6 vols.)

GRAM  ref ML102.P66 G84 1995

Dictionary of American classical composers

GRAM  ref ML106.U3 B87 2005

New Oxford history of music (10 vols.)

GRAM  Ref ML160 .N44

The Cambridge companion to grand opera

GRAM  ref ML1700.C16 2003

American popular music : from minstrelsy to MTV

FAC  REF ML3477.S73 2003

The Cambridge companion to blues and gospel music

FAC  REF ML3521 .C36 2002

Gänzl's book of the musical theatre

GRAM  ref MT95 .G2 1989

Gateway to German diction : a guide for singers

FAC  REF MT883.P37 G3

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FIND ARTICLES (all topics)...


Academic Search Complete

Magazines and journals on many subjects, includes peer-reviewed and scholarly works. 

America: History and Life

Comprehensive index to articles, dissertations, and books about American history and culture. 

Art & Architecture Complete
Full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books; indexing and abstracts for more than 780 academic journals, magazines and trade publications; and an Image Collection of over 63,000 images

Directory of Open Access Journals
"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals" - SEE: ARTS

Full-text articles in over 375 core academic journals with backfiles lacking only the most recent 3-5 years . 

Project Muse 

Full-text scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. 

ProQuest Research Library

Information from over 1,800 newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics, including the arts, business, humanities, health, and sciences. 

FirstSearch databases include:  
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Indexes articles in the diverse subject areas of the humanities.

Art Resources / Images


Over 300,000 images of art and architecture. 


Collection of art images. 


Music Resources


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Classical Music Library

Over 30,000 classical music files-- and growing. 


Art Web sites


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Artcyclopedia Thousands of links to artists and their works; includes links to museums. 
Art History Research Centre Foremost tool for art history research on the internet.  
Art History Resources on the Web

Links to images and artists; Euro-American art history is grouped by period.  


Definitions for more than 3,000 terms, along with images, pronunciation notes, quotations and longer articles. 


Links for dance, theater, visual arts, music, and arts administration. 

 Best of the Web - Museums

 A helpful resource for researching museums on the Internet.

Mother of All Art History Link Pages

Extensive links for research and visual resources, and museums.  

Virtual Library: Museums Pages

Directory of online museums. 

World Art Treasures

Images and essays on artists and art history. 


Music Web sites


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African-American Band Music and Recordings, 1883-1923 

Offers popular music by African-American composers for two types of instrumental ensemble: for band and for what musicians call "theater orchestra" or "hotel orchestra."
International Alliance for Women in Music Resource for women composers and women in music topics. 
Music Bibliography at Brooklyn College

Useful for locating significant web sites in music research. 

Music Selection Resources

Links for label listings, reviews, music publishers, library catalogs, and exemplary general, jazz, classical, and world music reference sites. 

Sites of Interest to Musicologists

American Musicological Society site with extensive links. 

Virtual Instrument Museum

Online museum of the World Musical Instrument Collection of the Music Department at Wesleyan University
Women in Music (Bibliography of Internet Links)

Links for composers and performers; discographies, journals, and other web sites. 

Worldwide Internet Music Resources

Links for musicians, ensembles, composers, musical genres, and sites related to performance.  


Dance Web sites


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Artslynx International Dance Resources Links to a vast collection of online dance information.
Voice of Dance

"A required bookmark for all students of dance at any level--first rate graphics, archived news articles, searchable database of links."