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.Music (General): Reference

This is the main portal to databases and other library sources for music research at Van Wylen Library, Hope College.

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Reference sources are great places to start your research.  Check out some of the titles on this page.

E-Reference Databases


Music Reference

Our "go-to" music encyclopedia.  This is a great place to start any research paper or program notes project.  Includes full-text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed., 2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed., 2002), and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed, 2009).


Here is a box you can use to search other electronic reference books we have.  These will be broader than what you find in Grove:

1Search for eReference


There are also a wide variety of print reference books on the 1st floor of the library.

Print Music Reference Titles

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