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Music Resources

Your guide for music resources at Lycoming College.

Getting Started with Reference Resources

Background information and reference resources


Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining concepts related to your topic, especially if you are researching an unfamiliar topic or discipline. Entries in reference resources tend to be short and can help you get started with research on a new topic, identify trends in a subject area, and define unfamiliar terms or people from your readings. Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and handbooks. 

General Reference Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Use the Gale Virtual Reference Library to search in online reference books. Use the Topic Finder tool in the bottom right-hand corner to brainstorm ideas for a research topic.

Biography in Context

Use Biography in Context to search for biographical information on some of the world's most influential people.