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Composers & Musical Styles - LSC-North Harris

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Starting Point

  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic. 
    • Beethoven
    • Beethoven and Moonlight Sonata
    • country music and Jimmie Rodgers

Research Databases

Find e-books, streaming videos, and articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.


See Research Databases: Art & Humanities for additional databases.


Library Catalog

Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.


Use the Library Catalog

  • Enter search terms.
  • Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  • Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  • To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials



Check the ML section for musical topics in the reference and circulating book shelves on the 3rd floor.

American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary REF ML 390 .E815 1982
Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary REF ML 390 .A54
Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Encyclopedia of Rock
REF ML 102 .P66 G84 2006
REF ML .R6 H37 1988
Encyclopedia of Rock Stars REF ML 102 .R6 R44 1996
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (10 volume set) REF ML100 .G16  1998
The New Grove Dictionary of American Music REF ML 101 .U6N4 1986
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians REF ML 100. N48
The New Harvard Dictionary of Music REF ML 100 .N485 1986
The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll REF ML 102 .R6 R64 1995
Popular Musicians (4 volume set) REF ML 105 .P66 1999

Web Sites

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Citation Help

  1. Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
  2. Ask your professor about the required citation style.
  3. Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.

Each citation should answer the questions:

  • Who wrote the material you are using?
  • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
  • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
  • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?




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