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Music: Getting Started

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Overview of Music Research Guide


This research guide presents resources in a variety of formats to aid you in your study and exploration of the many genres of popular and classical music.

Want to know where to start your research? Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended reliable websites.

Have questions? Feel free to comment or ask questions about this research guide by clicking above on the PAGE COMMENTS link. Feel free to contact a librarian anytime you need assistance.

Good luck in your research.

Keyword Suggestions

Suggested keywords to use in your searches:


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