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Music Reference Tools


  • Grove/Oxford Music Online*
    • Oxford Music Online is the online gateway for access to the Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online and the Oxford Companion to Music.  PLEASE NOTE: The UWM Libraries has 8 simultaneous users for this service.  If you cannot access the service please try again later.
  • African American Music Reference*
    • African American Music Reference includes text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music.
  • Oxford English Dictionary*
    • The Oxford English Dictionary is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.  It includes 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language scores.


  • MusRef – Digital Collections, Music Reference eBooks, Composer Websites, Music Internet Portals
  • RISM – database of musical sources.  Over 850,000 records, the majority of which are music manuscripts dating from before 1800.

*An ePanther ID and Password are required for off campus access to starred links