There are several approaches to finding books on a music topic. In general, start by searching Roger in the books scope using keywords. If the results 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 name in a keyword search:
Coltrane criticism interpretation
Similarly, subject heading terms such as "analysis and appreciation" can be combined with a genre term:
Brahms symphonies analysis
MUSIC RESEARCH DATABASES
Use one or more of these indexes that have different areas of focus:
Important index of periodical articles from over 850 journals and magazines on all aspects of music. UC-elinks are provided to online article texts when available
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.
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
An archival research resource containing 17 trade and popular magazines covering all aspects of the music industry, theater, and broadcast radio in the US and UK covering the period 1880-2000. Includes such publications as Billboard, Spin, and The Stage.
Full texts of articles in a range of performing arts journals and magazines. Formerly known as the International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA).
GENERAL RESEARCH DATABASES
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
Access point for The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion of Music, Grove Music Online, and others. See below for sources with more depth of coverage on American music and world music.
Use this link to limit your search to Grove Music Online, the most significant English language music encyclopedia. Contains over 57,000 articles written by over 6,000 scholars.
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).