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Locate books, recordings, scores, and articles

Browse the shelves for books about pop and rock music of the U.S.: ML3470-ML3479, ML3561.P6, ML3561.R6
Rap and hip-hop: ML3531; ML3918
Biographies of performers: ML419-ML421

Find music journal articles (MIT certificates needed)

Dictionaries and encyclopedias (MIT certificates needed)

Many print-only dictionaries and encyclopedias are available in the library; see Ref ML102.P66.

Finding songs in collections

Songs in collections may not be listed in Barton; use print-only bibliographies and indexes to locate these songs. See Ref ML128.S3 and Ref ML120.U5.S5

Collections of songs by more than one composer can be found under call numbers M1495-M1998.

Music charts, lists of hits, lyrics

Academic Charts Online (ACO): Music Data & Analysis (MIT certificates needed)
Repository of statistical chart data from the US, UK, Europe, South America and Asia that enables evidence based research across all music genres from pop to classical, jazz and world music.

Charts All Over the World
From the Latvian Academic Network.

Joel Whitburn presents top R & B/hip-hop singles, 1942-2004.
Print: Ref ML156.4.B6.W25 2004

Popular music: an annotated index of American popular songs.
Print: Ref ML120.U5.S529 1985 (covers 1920-1979) and Ref ML120.U5.S5291 (covers 1980-2002)

The rock song index: essential information on the 7,500 most important songs of rock and  roll.
Print: Ref ML128.R6.P65 1997

Variety music cavalcade, 1620-1969.
Print: Ref ML128.V7.M435 1971

Lyrics
From the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library (Yale University)

      

    Writing tips

    Writing guides for music: see the Ref ML3797 section in the library

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