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Saxophone: Research

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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

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


History Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more history books

Browse by subject in the catalog, for example:
Woodwind instruments

Browse the shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML930 Wind instrument history
ML931 Woodwind instrument history
ML975 – ML978 Saxophone history
ML1100 – ML1165 Chamber music history
ML1200 – 1270 Orchestra history
ML1300 – ML1354 Band history

Performer Biographies in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more biographies

Search performer names in the catalog, for example:
Golson, Benny
Londeix, Jean-Marie

Browse the shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML410 Composer biographies
ML419 Performer biographies
(saxophone and other instruments)


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

See all saxophone reference books in the catalog:
Saxophone reference
Wind reference

Browse the Reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML128 S2 Saxophone bibliographies
ML128 W5 Wind bibliographies

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