Reference books can provide background material and be a launching point for further research. The following titles are great starting points, but you can find many more in the library catalog advanced search with the Location limited to Reference. You can also search for e-reference items using our Gale Virtual Reference Library, Credo Reference or Reference Universe.
The Library Catalog is the gateway to finding books. Search the catalog for books about opera, piano, or an individual composer.
Blumberg Memorial Library arranges materials by the Library of Congress Classification System. Books on music generally fall into the following call numbers:
Databases are large, searchable collections of articles, including scholarly articles. To see all of TLU's databases, visit the Blumberg Memorial Library Resources page and select either Databases by Subject or Databases by Title. The Databases by Subject pages also include links to recommended websites.
Here are a few key databases for music:
If you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your last name (Not your network username but last name only) and your 8-digit TLU number.
TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.
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During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian.