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Music:  Key Library Sources for finding information on composers (Prof. Gaskill's class)

Best Database for this topic:

Biography in Context   (thousands of biographies including composers; includes reference materials, journal and newspaper articles, and links to selected web sites)

Reference Materials Online:

Short essays:  Oxford Reference Online 
Encyclopedia:  Encyclopedia Britannica Online  (also print Ref. AE5 E363)
Short biographies:  Classical Music Library  (mosly audio but does have short composer biographies)

If you are at home, you will be asked for your PVT username and password when you login to the databases.  This is the same username and password that you use to log in to campus email, Online Campus, and campus computers.

Reference Print Sources  (Music titles are found in the Library of Congress section M)

  • Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Ref. ML100 N48)   28 vols.  very detailed biographies
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music   (Ref. ML102 P66 G84)  8 vols.
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians  (Ref. ML105 B16)  6 vols.
  • Plus other reference titles in the M section of the first floor of the Columbia library

Books  (in print and online)

Library’s Online Catalog:  Online Catalog  (Keyword the name of your composer to see if the library has print books about the person; circulating books are on the 2nd floor of the Columbia library)

E-books: Ebsco eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary)   (65,000 full-text books online including books about composers)

Print books can be delivered from Columbia to other Columbia State locations.  Consult the librarian.

General Databases (article databases may include Journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, books, media, reference items, and more)

Databases covering general topics, including composers:

For a complete list of databases, follow this link:  Databases A-Z

Contact the Library

Anne Scott  (Lawrenceburg, Clifton, Columbia);; 931-540-2851
Kathy Breeden  (Columbia, Lewisburg);; 931-540-2555
Lyn Bayless  (Columbia, Franklin);; 931-540-2559

Stop by the Columbia State campus library closest to you and consult with the librarian or library assistant.  For additional information about hours and locations:
Library general phone number:  931-540-2560
Library general email:


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