I'm working on getting a search box widget for our new library catalog but in the meantime you can click on the link above to perform a search. You'll get the option within the search box to search Everything, Articles & More, and the Library Catalog.
I still recommend the Library Catalog for finding music and books on the shelves. Some eBooks will show up in the Library Catalog search too. The Everything search can be useful for e-content in general if you want a mix of books and articles for your research, however you won't get article citations from Music Index and RILM Music Abstracts. Be sure to search those databases separately for music topics.
Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music Online)
The interface for Oxford Music Online changed on December 7, 2017. Oxford no longer supports the search box widget I had set up within this box so you will need to go directly into the database by clicking on the link above. Feel free to contact me with questions or feedback (Kristin Heath, email@example.com).
Oxford Art Online
If your topic crosses over into art you may want to search Oxford Art Online as well. I noticed that there is an article for John Cage in both Oxford Art and Oxford Music. The content differs enough that depending on your focus one might be better than the other for your topic. There is also an article on 'music and art' in Oxford Art but there isn't a comparable article in Oxford Music. There is an article in Oxford Music for Impressionism that could be useful if you're more interested in composers who contributed to that movement.
I'm having some issues with the search box widget above. Sometimes it works and other times there's an error message. I'm looking into what the problem is but in the meantime I want to make sure you have the individual links to these music databases. Click below if the search box fails you for any reason. I hope to get this resolved soon! -- Kristin
RISM: The online catalog contains over 1,000,000 entries, mainly manuscripts from between the years 1600 and 1850.
Bibliographies & Handbooks
Browse the ML134 STACKS-4 section in Hunt Library
Try an Advanced Cameo search with the term bibliography as a Subject and the composer's name or topic (e.g. chamber music) in All Fields
History of Music
Browse these titles in the Arts Reference area (4th floor of Hunt Library)
Diamond, Harold J. Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide to the Literature
FA-REF4 ML128 .A7 D5 1991 (Reference Book, Hunt Library 4th flloor)
Hoek, D.J. Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000
FA-REF4 ML113 .N695 2007 (Reference Book, Hunt Library 4th flloor)