Significant electronic and print dictionaries and encyclopedias
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Music Reference Shelf under call number ML100 .N48 2001
This is the most recent print version, that is, the second edition, of the New Grove. While predominantly a classical music resource, it now includes jazz, popular, and world music. It is available electronically as Grove Music Online, which is part of Oxford Music Online. The following link will take you to the database labelled Oxford Music Online, but you will actually be searching Grove there:
Grove Music Online
There were several spin-offs of the print New Grove, such as the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Some went through several editions. Although they have largely been integrated into Grove Music Online, not all versions of articles from the different editions made it into the online product. Thus, it may sometimes be necessary to consult the print volumes, all of which we have on our music reference shelves.
Please note: the first edition of A Dictionary of Music and Musicians, by Sir George Grove, was published from 1879 to 1890. We have all of the earlier print editions. The rare first edition is in our "Sandborn Collection" (music rare book collection).
[Musik in History and the Present], comprehensive music encyclopedia in German
Music Reference Shelf under call number ML100 .M92 1994
authoritative dictionary of musical terms; available electronically through Credo Reference
Music Reference Shelf under call number ML 100 .H37 2003
Please note: the original edition, which came out in 1944, was called the Harvard Dictionary of Music. It was updated several times. The new edition of 1986 was renamed the New Harvard Dictionary of Music. The latest edition which came out in 2003, however, is once again called the Harvard Dictionary of Music.
The following are all available as online databases from Credo Reference: