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Music: Bibliographies and Cited Reference Searching

Use this guide to find books, music scores, video and other resources about music.

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Bibliography and Cited Reference Searching

A BIBLIOGRAPHY allows you to review the sources an author used in writing a book or article. You can use these resources to find additional information on your topic. A bibliography goes BACKWARD in time from when the book or aticle was written.

CITED REFERENCE SEARCHING allows you to see how the book or article has been used SINCE it was published. Cited references go FORWARD in time.

BOTH of these allow you to find more resources on your topic.


EXAMPLE: Gastle, Brian W. “Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling: Mercantile Authority, Margaret Paston, and Margery Kempe.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 36, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 123–47.

Paste titles from the bibliography into OneSearch for find more information on your topic:

Bibliography search


Although many databases include cited reference searching, one of the easiest ways to find this information is to use Google Scholar. Simply paste the title of your article or book into the Google Scholar search box. Click "Cited by" to see books or articles that have cited your source SINCE it was published. HINT: If you access Google Scholar from the Library's Databases list, a link will appear to the right of the citation to access the article (circled in red).