Background exploration is crucial to good research. Search subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks to get an overview, definitions of terms, biographical information, or recommendations for additional reading.
Try a database such as CREDO for online background sources. DISCOVER and Proquest Central provide multisearching capability for many Boreham Library Resources.
The Reference Collection, 1st floor, has print special reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and similar tools on many kinds of subjects. Search the catalog to find a print reference title on a subject or use an electronic reference title.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Reference Collection, 1st. floor 780.8 G169en These are print titles.
Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5
Vol. 6 Vol. 7 Vol. 8 Vol. 9 Vol.10
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Baker's Biographical Dictionary New Oxford History of Music
Ref 780.3 N42026dmm (also in Oxford Online) Ref 780.922 B177b Ref 780. N42 10 volumes
Other Major Reference Sources
The library catalog lists many electronic books for music. This is one example of a standard reference source: Harvard Dictionary of Music.
Foreign Language Dictionaries
Foreign language dictionaries are shelved in the 400s in the Reference Collection, 1st floor. Locate call numbers for specific dictionaries in the Library Catalog.