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MUSI 220: History of Western Music Until 1750 (Music History I)

Getting Started

Here you'll find some of the best recommended sources for your class. 

If you have any questions about this, please reach out to your music librarian for more help. 

Finding Sources

The New Grove Dictionary is a part of the larger Oxford Music Online database. Search in here to find the articles that you need. 


If you're not finding full text of an article that you're looking for, request it through Interlibrary Loan! 

To obtain a dissertation, you can try to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan, but be aware that most institutions do not lend dissertations, or they charge for lending. It is also possible to purchase copies of most dissertations.

If you don't find an appropriate dissertation citation, speak to a librarian. Any of the librarians can help you do a special database search for dissertations.

See also our Dissertations & Theses page which includes sites with links to full text dissertations online. 

Enter your topic. To limit, look on the left side--first under "Format", then under "Book", click the box in front of "Thesis/dissertation"

Music Index is best used when searching for music education dissertations. Dissertation citations are taken from Dissertation Abstracts International. To search for only dissertations, use the “Expert” search and select “dissertation” next to “Document Type”.

To find CDs, do a search in the catalog. Then, head to the limiters on the left side of the page and select "Available in Library" under "Limit to" and then "Audio" under "Source Type." This will bring up CDs that you can find to look at CD liners.