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Jazz: Research


On this page you'll find resources for researching jazz topics.

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Articles

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.

Journal Article Databases

thinkerLibrary 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:

  1. Choose a database.
  2. Search for keywords such as genres, topics, names of people, etc.
  3. 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.

Music Article Databases

Books

History Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more history books

Browse by subject in the catalog, for example: 
Big bands 
Bop (Music) 
Free jazz
Jazz 
Jazz > History and criticism 
Swing (Music) 

Browse the shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML3506 Jazz history (general)
ML3508 American jazz
ML3518 Big bands
ML3521 Blues
ML3556 African-American music

Performer Interviews in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more interviews

Search subjects or performer names in the catalog, for example: 
Jazz musicians > Interviews 

See also the Recordings section below for recorded interviews and documentaries (which often include interviews).

Performer Biographies in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more biographies

Search subjects or performer names in the catalog, for example: 
Jazz musicians 

Armstrong, Louis 
Ellington, Duke 
McLean, Jackie 
O'Day, Anita 

Browse the shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML394 - ML400 Collected performer biographies
ML410 Composer biographies
(including composer-performers)
ML417 Pianists
ML418 String instrument performers
ML419 Other instrument performers
ML420 Vocalists

Online Resources

Historical Collections

Recordings

Jazz history documentaries and recorded interviews.

Documentaries in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more videos in the library

Search the catalog, for example: 
Jazz documentaries

Interviews

Find more recorded interviews

Search the catalog, for example: 
Jazz interviews

Reference

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)

Find more reference books

Search subjects or performer names in the catalog, for example: 
Jazz > Bibliography 
Jazz > Dictionaries 
Jazz > Encyclopedias 

Browse the reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML102 J3 Jazz dictionaries and encyclopedias
ML128 J4 Jazz bibliographies
ML156.4 J3 Jazz discographies

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