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Clear, concise, and practical, Music Research: A Handbook, Second Edition, introduces students to the major print and electronic research tools available today.

With a strong focus on the connection between music and writing, this comprehensive guide is ideal for use in both undergraduate and graduate music courses that require students to engage in library research or to write research papers.


Rich pedagogy (evaluation checklists, guidelines for theses, appendices on major documentation styles, Library of Congress subject headings/call numbers, annotated bibliographies, and more)

Expanded overview of the research process and various methodologies

Updated chapter on online music content and more integrated coverage of Internet resources

Updated companion website ( containing related links, updates to bibliographies and readings, research tools listed by composer, and lists of core music journals and major professional music associations

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A much-needed addition to the library and bibliography instruction literature."—Cheryl Taranto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Sampsel encourages students to be independent learners and researchers. We had been lacking a text that would work well at the graduate and undergraduate level—this text fits the bill."—Vicki Stroeher, Marshall University

"This book gives the student researcher powerful tools right at his or her disposal. Sampsel has carefully selected what information to include; her skills as a 'gatekeeper' are exemplary."—Gerald Szymanski, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

"Well-organized and succinct."—Holly Gardinier, Claremont Colleges

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195171198
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Laurie J. Sampsel is Professor and Faculty Director of the Howard B. Waltz Music Library at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with an Evaluation Checklist and Suggested Readings.
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Guides to the Research Process and Research Tools
Research Process
Music Research Process
General Research Process
Research Tools
Music Research Tools
General Research Tools
Chapter 2: Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Comprehensive General Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Special Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Biographical Dictionaries
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Women Musicians
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Black Musicians
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of American Musicians
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Canadian Musicians
Dictionaries of Musical Terms
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Musical Instruments
General Instrument Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Specific Instruments
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Opera and Musical Theater
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Opera
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries Musical Theater
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Performance Practice
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Jazz, Rock, and Popular Music
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Jazz
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Rock and Popular Music
Miscellaneous Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Chapter 3: Library Catalogs
Author Searches
Title Searches
Author/Title Searches
Keyword Searches and Subject Heading Searches
Keyword Searches
Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings
Format Issues
Keyword Searches and Title Searches
Limiting Search Results
Contents of Bibliographic Records
Examples of Library Catalogs
Local Libraries
Library Consortia
National Libraries
Bibliographic Utilities
Finding Library Catalogs
Information Centers
Chapter 4: Periodical Indexes for Music
Major Music Periodical Indexes
Retrospective Periodical Indexes
Other Music Periodical Indexes
Ceased Music Periodical Indexes
Periodical Indexes for Related Disciplines
American History
Language and Literature
Performing Arts
Science and Medicine
Social Sciences and Psychology
Major General Periodical Indexes
Major Newspaper Indexes
Finding Online Journals
Chapter 5: Indexes to Music Dissertations, Theses, Conference Papers, and Festschriften
Dissertations and Theses
Indexes of Dissertations and Theses
Music-Specific Indexes of Dissertations and Theses
General Indexes of Dissertations and Theses
Conference Papers and Congress Reports
Indexes of Conference Papers and Congress Reports
Music-Specific Indexes of Conference Papers and Congress Reports
General Indexes of Conference Papers and Congress Reports
Indexes of Festschriften
Music-Specific Indexes of Festschriften
General Indexes of Essays
Chapter 6: Thematic Catalogs
Bibliographies of Thematic Catalogs
Single-Composer Thematic Catalogs
Examples of Single-Composer Thematic Catalogs
Guides and Locators for Single-Composer Thematic Catalogs
Thematic Catalogs for Particular Repertories
Examples of Thematic Catalogs for Particular Repertories
Collections, Archives, Libraries, and Publishers
Chapter 7: Indexes to Music in Complete Works Editions, Musical Monuments, Historical Sets, and Anthologies
Complete Works Editions
Examples of Complete Works Editions
Musical Monuments and Historical Sets
Examples of Musical Monuments by Place
Examples of Historical Sets by Style Period
Additional Examples of Sets and Series
Examples of Anthologies
Indexes of Complete Works Editions, Musical Monuments, Historical Sets, and Anthologies
Chapter 8: Music Histories, Source Readings, and Chronologies
Music Histories
Multi-volume Music Histories
Music History Series (W.W. Norton and Prentice Hall)
General Music History Texts
Music Appreciation Texts
Study Guides and Outlines of Music History
Important Earlier Musicians
Special Topic Histories
Music Source Readings
General Music Source Readings
Special Topic Music Chronologies
Chapter 9: Bibliographies of Music and Music Literature
Bibliographies of Music
General Music Bibliographies
Bibliographies for Particular Repertories
Bibliographies of Music Literature
General Bibliographies of Music Literature
Special Topic Bibliographies of Music Literature
Bibliographies of Both Music and Music Literature
International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM)
Composer Bio-bibliographies, Guides to Research, and Other Bibliographies
Examples of Single-Composer Bibliographies
Chapter 10: Discographies
Bibliographies of Discographies
Comprehensive and Historical Discographies
Currently Available Catalogs and Recordings
Recommended Recordings and Buyer's Guides
Library and Sound Archive Catalogs
Local Libraries
Library Consortia
National Libraries
Bibliographic Utilities
Special Topic Discographies
Discographies for Instruments and Ensembles
Opera Discographies
Jazz Discographies
Rock Music Discographies
Folk and World Music Discographies
Discographies of Women in Music
Single-Composer Discographies
Schoenberg, Arnold
Stravinsky, Igor
Wagner, Richard
Performer Discographies
Recording Label Discographies
American Music Discographies
Canadian Music Discographies
Recording Reviews and Indexes to Reviews
Chapter 11: Music Iconographies
Bibliographies of Iconographies
General Music Iconographies and Illustrated Histories
Musical Instrument Iconographies
General Musical Instrument Iconographies
Western Musical Instrument Iconographies
Non-Western Musical Instrument Iconographies
Multiple-Composer Iconographies
Single-Composer Iconographies
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Brahms, Johannes
Chopin, Frederic
Debussy, Claude
Handel, George Frederic
Haydn, Franz Joseph
Liszt, Franz
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Palestrina, Giovannia Pierluigi da
Schoenberg, Arnold
Schubert, Franz
Schumann, Robert
Stravinsky, Igor
Verdi, Giuseppe
Wagner, Richard
Chapter 12: Music Directories
Directories of Music Libraries and Collections
International Music Library Directories
United States Music Library Directories
British Music Library Directories
Canadian Music Library Directories
Music Education Directories
Performing Arts Directories
Music Industry and Music Company Directories
Music Organizations and Music Competitions Directories
Chapter 13: Online Music Content
Online Books
Online Scores
Digital Audio
Mixed Media
Finding Music Online
Search Engines
Music Subject Directories
Professional Association Websites
Websites for Staying Current
Chapter 14: Writing
Music-Specific Writing Books
General Writing Books
Comprehensive Guides
Compiling Bibliographies
Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
Style and Rhetoric
Chapter 15: Style Manuals and Citation of Sources
Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Examples of Plagiarism
Major Style Manuals
University of Chicago Press Style (Chicago Style)
American Psychological Society Style (APA Style)
Modern Language Association Style (MLA Style)
Music-Specific Style Manuals
Citing Electronic Sources
Citation Management Software
Using Sources
Suggested Readings
A: Library of Congress Classification: Class M Outline
B: Search Tips
Boolean Search Terms
Nesting Search Terms
Truncation and Wildcards
Phrase and "String" Searches
C: Composers Included as Examples in this Text
D: International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) Publications
Series A: Sources by Individual Composers
Series B: Sources by Multiple Composers and Bibliographies of Materials
Organized by Topic
Series C: Directory of Music Research Libraries
E: Chicago Style at Your Fingertips
Bibliographic Citation Formats
Footnote/Endnote Citation Formats
Author-Date System
F: APA Style at Your Fingertips
Reference List
Reference Citations in the Text
G: MLA Style at Your Fingertips
List of Works Cited
Parenthetical Text Citations

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