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Music Research: Reference Books

Research Guide for Music

Why Use Reference Books?


Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.  The Library has reference materials both online and in print.

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  • Contact the Reference/Information Desk on the Main Level of Ryan Library (619.849.2337)
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Reference Books on Music

Ryan Library has several subject encyclopedias on the general topic of Music found in the Reference Area on the Main Floor of Ryan Library:

Subject Guide

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Julie Sweeney
Ryan Library
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