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Full length journal, magazine and newspaper articles can be found in our online article collections.

If a book or article cannot be found in PVAMU’s resources, it can usually be borrowed from another library. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form, and please note that it may take several weeks to receive the item.

Find Books

Use the online catalog ( to locate books in the library. You might want to start with general subject terms such as: Arrangement (Music)
Chamber music
Composition (Music)
Instrumentation and orchestration

You can also look under various composers, such as:

Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.
Chopin, Freìdeìric, 1810-1849
Davis, Miles
Shakur, Tupac, 1971-

Or genres:

Gospel music
Gregorian chants History and criticism

Contemporary Musicians
Ref ML 385 C615
Good source for living pop, rap, reggae, and other active singers and instrumentalists

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100 N48 2001
This 29 volume set primarily covers classical and jazz musicians; good source for dead classical composers

Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Ref ML102 P66 G84 1995
Excellent 8 volume source for obscure and/or forgotten popular performers and groups in the 20th Century

International Dictionary of Black Composers
Ref ML 390 I58 1999
Best source for biographical information on African American and other black composers

Current Biography
Ref CT 100 C8
Articles and photos on international celebrities active from 1945 to the present; good source for personal data (e.g., family, hobbies)

Blues / Dick Weissman ; foreword by Craig Morrison.   New York, NY : Facts On File, c2006.
Location: Reference
Call Number: ML102.B6 W45 2006

Jazz / Thom Holmes ; foreword by William Duckworth.   New York, NY : Facts On File, c2006.
Location: Reference
Call Number: ML102.J3 H65 2006

Free jazz and free improvisation : an encyclopedia / Todd S. Jenkins.   Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
Location: Reference
Call Number: ML102.J3 J46 2004

Caribbean popular music : an encyclopedia of reggae, mento, ska, rock steady, and dancehall / David V. Moskowitz.   Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006.
Location: Reference
Call Number: ML102.P66 M67 2005

Encyclopedia of rap and hip-hop culture / Yvonne Bynoe.   Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006.
Location: Reference
Call Number: ML102.R27 B96 2006

Baker’s biographical dictionary of popular musicians since 1990 / 2004
Library Location: Reference
Call Number: ML102.P66 B35 2004

Baker’s biographical dictionary of musicians. 2000
Library Location: Reference
Call Number: ML 105 B16 2001

Ref ML106.U3 B87 2005 Dictionary of American classical composers / Neil Butterworth.

Ref ML102.M88 G3 2001 Encyclopedia of the musical theatre / Kurt Gänzl.

Ref ML128.P63 B55 2001 American song : the complete companion to Tin Pan Alley song / Ken Bloom.



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