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Music research guides and finding tools available at the British Library

The bibliographies and catalogues listed here are a representative sample of reference books available on the open shelves of the Rare Books & Music Reading Room.

Brockman, William S.Music: a guide to the reference literature (Littleton, Colorado, 1987).
Duckles, Vincent H. & Keller, Michael A.Music reference and research materials: an annotated bibliography (5th ed., New York, 1997).
Marco, Guy A.Information on music: a handbook of reference sources in European languages (Littleton, Colorado, 1975- ).
RILMRILM abstracts of music literature (New York, 1967- ). Also available online.
The Music IndexThe music index. A subject-author guide to current music periodical literature (Detroit, 1950- ). Vols. 18 (1966), etc. Also available online.
Heyer, Anna H.Historical sets, collected editions and monuments of music: a guide to their contents (3rd ed., Chicago, 1980). 2 vols.
Hill, George R. & Stephens, Norris L.Collected editions, historical series & sets & monuments of music: a bibliography (Berkeley, 1997). 
RISMRépertoire international des sources musicales (München and Kassel, 1960- ). Some data also available online.
Schnapper, Edith B.The British union-catalogue of early music, printed before the year 1801: a record of the holdings of over one hundred libraries throughout the British Isles (London, 1957). 2 vols.
Wagstaff, JohnThe British union catalogue of music periodicals (2nd ed., Aldershot, 1998).
Penney, BarbaraMusic in British libraries: a directory of resources (4th ed., London, 1992).


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