There are several approaches to find books on a music topic. In general, start by searching Roger in the books scope using keywords. If the result list is too long, open up one of the more relevant items you see to find out the subject headings, then click on those.
The subject headings include phrases such as "criticism and interpretation" that can be combined with a composer name in a keyword search:
mahler and criticism and interpretation
Similarly, the subject heading phrase "analysis, appreciation" can be combined with a genre term:
brahms and symphonies and analysis
Use one or more of these indexes that have different areas of focus:
Over 1,000,000 articles from 650+ journals, many of them peer reviewed, 200,000 scores, and 4,000 videos.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1853-present)
A comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes focusing on scholarly publications. Publications originate from 178 countries and are in 143 languages.
RIPM Retrospective Index to Music (1800-1950)
Index to more than eighty historical music periodicals in thirteen languages, published primarily in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Thousands of articles from underground magazines such as Punk, Creem, and Mojo, also from more mainstream titles such as Melody Maker, Spin and Rolling Stone. Includes some reviews and audio interviews
Performing Arts Periodicals Database.
Full texts of articles in a range of performing arts journals and magazines. Formerly known as the International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA).
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary database with full text articles or abstracts to more than 10,300 journals and other publications.
Multidisciplinary with full text of more than 500 scholarly journals, although the most recent 3-5 years are not included.
Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis Academic)
Thousands of full-text sources including newspapers, magazines, trade journals, industry news, and company information.
Search by subject or browse full text of scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Coverage begins 1995 or later, depending on the publication.
Covers over 6,000 journals in all subjects. Includes the unique "cited reference search" to identify papers which have cited a previously published work or author. Coverage goes back to 1900.
Oxford Music Online
The access point for Grove Music Online, the most significant English language music encyclopedia, and other Oxford music reference resources. See below for sources with more depth of coverage on American music and world music.
Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition
The largest reference publication on American Music (including Latin America), this second edition provides expanded coverage particularly in the areas of popular music, cities and regions, ethnic and cultural groups, and music technology.
Music Online: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Articles on ethnic and folk music worldwide, describing national and specific musical genres, practices, instruments, performances, and the cultural context.
In addition to online music encyclopedias, we have print encyclopedias for many specific areas in the Geisel Library, (East Wing, 1st Floor) under ML 100-105, as well as the Geisel Library Reference Area (West Wing 2nd Floor).