This is the "Getting Started" page of the "Music Resources" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
Facebook linkTwitter linkYouTube linkInstagram link
UST Libraries banner image

Music Resources  

An introductory guide to Music Research
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Getting Started Print Page

Musician of the Week


The Beatles arriving in NY 1964.


    About OSF

Library Hours

OSF Library Photo

O' Shaughnessy-Frey Library
651-962-5494 (Circulation)
651-962-5001 (Reference)
651-962-5400 (Hours)
2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Directions & Parking

Find Us on Facebook



Welcome to the library guide for research in Music. Here you'll find the basic information to get you started. The UST libraries have many resources--books, journal articles, scores, recordings, and videos. If you have questions or suggestions, please get in touch with me, Susan Price.  651-962-5011 or

Background Information--Electronic

  • Oxford Music Online
    Includes 4 music reference resources: "Grove Music"--full texts of New Grove Music, New Grove Opera, and New Grove Jazz; "Oxford Companion to Music" and "Oxford Dictionary of Music"--concise articles on musicians, individual works, instruments, notation, forms, & genres; and "Encyclopedia of Popular Music"--covers all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound  Icon  Icon
    Smithsonian Global Sound streaming audio database has more than 40,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds from Smithsonian/Folkways and other record labels. Included are readings of literary and dramatic works, historic speeches, language instruction, natural sounds, environmental and mechanical sounds, sound effects, children's music, and traditional music from virtually everywhere in the world. Playlists can be created for personal or classroom use.
  • Biography In Context
    Biography in Context includes over 600,000 biographies on more than 500,000 people. Biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
  • Women Composers:a Bibliography of Internet Resources
    Provides quick access to information about women composers

Background Information--In Print

Cover Art
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians - Stanley Sadie
Call Number: UST-OSF Reference ML100 .N48 2001
ISBN: 1561592390
A 29-volume resource on all aspects of music

Cover Art
Dictionary of American Classical Composers - Neil Butterworth
Call Number: UST-OSF Reference ML106.U3 B87 2005
ISBN: 0415938481
Covers over 650 composers from the 18th century 'til today.

Cover Art
New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments - Stanley Sadie
Call Number: UST-OSF Reference ML102.I5 N48 1985
ISBN: 0943818052

© University of St. Thomas · Minnesota
2115 Summit Avenue · Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105 · USA
651-962-5014 (ph.) · 651-962-5406 (fax) · · Library Contacts · Site Index


Loading  Loading...