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Articles are great for research because they generally cover a very narrow topic in great detail. In addition, scholarly journal articles generally include a bibliography where you can find more resources on the same topic.
Browse Professional Journals
Professional journals are a great place to learn from experts about the most recent developments in your field.
Search articles online or browse the Allen Library current periodicals (near the Allen entrance). See especially:
Journal Article Databases
Library databases provide citations for articles, book chapters, and more. Most articles/chapters focus on a narrow and specific topic, so they are great for deeper research. To get started:
- Choose a database.
- Search for keywords such as genres, topics, names of people, etc.
- Limit your results by date, language, and more with the the left-hand menu on the results page.
Need more help?
See our Article help page for step-by-step instructions and videos to help you search databases and find full-text articles. And you can always ask a librarian for individual help.
History Books in the Allen Library (selections)
Guide to the Contemporary Harp by
Call Number: ML1005 A82 2019 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2019
Explores the harp from all angles, including organology, composition, notation, techniques, and contemporary repertoire.
Harp Music in the Nineteenth Century by
Call Number: ML1005 Z77 H [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 1992
Covers the development of the double-action mechanism, along with the virtuosos and composers who exploited the newly possible harmonic modulations and tone colors.
Harps and Harpists by
Call Number: ML1005 R42 H36 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 1989
Surveys the harp from antiquity to the present day, from the simple early harp to the modern pedal harp.
Henriette Renié, Living Harp by
Call Number: ML419 R41 D47 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 1990
Describes the life of composer and harpist Henriette Renié, especially her struggles with gender discrimination.
Find more history books
Browse by subject in the catalog, for example:
Harp > History
Browse the shelves by call number:
||Harp history (general)
||Harp music and playing
Reference resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.
They often provide a short overview of a topic, then point to more resources you can use for further research.
Music Reference Databases
Books in the Allen Library (selections)
Chamber Music by
Call Number: ML128 C4 B37 2010 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2010
A guide to where to find answers to questions about chamber music of all types. Most of the literature is books, articles, dissertations and theses, and essays or chapters.
Harp Music Bibliography by
Call Number: ML128 H2 P3 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 1995-2002
Lists thousands of works for harp with up to 8 other instruments, vocal and choral works with harp, and harp concertos.
Find more reference books
See all harp-related reference books in the catalog:
Chamber music reference
Browse the Reference shelves by call number:
||Chamber music bibliographies
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