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Jazz Research Guide: Books & Scores

Key Books - A Sampling

Find Books and Scores

DiscoverE (to find materials at Emory)

  • Simple search lets you limit results to books, scores, etc.
  •  In Advanced Search
    • Find books about a person: change "Any" to "Subject" and type in the name.
    • Find scores or books by a person: use the "Author" box.
    • Specifying books or scores in the "Material Type" box may help.

Browse the Shelves—selected call numbers:

Main sections: ML3506, ML3561 .J3, ML3930
Biographies: ML385, ML394, ML395, ML410 (composers); ML419

WorldCat—Find books and scores Emory doesn't have.

  • A catalog of items held by over 11,000 libraries.  Includes books, scores, recordings, videos, and more.
  • Use Interlibrary Loan to borrow these items.

Google Scholar and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature also identify books, as well as other types of literature.

Books and Scores Online

Google Books

  • Find thousands of books complete online.
  • Search the full text of everything Google has scanned.
  • Where the complete text isn't available, use the built-in tool to find the nearest library holding the title.

IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
A major source for scores in the public domain.

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