There are several approaches to finding books on a music topic. In general, start by using the advanced search in UC Library Search, and limiting your search results to material type Books. If the list of search results is too long, select one of the more relevant items, scroll through most of the catalog record until you find the subject headings, then click on those.
You may also wish to use subject headings in your initial search. 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:
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.