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Violin: Research


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


History Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more history books

Browse by subject in the catalog, for example:
Violin > History
Violin music > History and criticism

Browse the shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML800 Violin history (general)
ML802 – ML846 Violin construction
ML850 – ML897 Violin music and playing

Performer Biographies in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more biographies

Search performer names in the catalog, for example:
Heifetz, Jascha
Joachim, Joseph
Menuhin, Yehudi
Paganini, Nicolo

Browse the shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML398 Collected string performer biographies
(includes string ensembles)
ML418 Single string performer biographies


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

Reference Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more reference books

See all violin reference books in the catalog:
String reference
Violin reference

Browse the Reference shelves by call number:

Call Number Topic
ML102 V7 Violin dictionaries & encyclopedias
(including violin makers)
ML128 S9 String bibliographies
ML128 V79 Violin bibliographies
ML404 Instrument makers

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