Music and Fine Arts

Research Guide to Music and Fine Art Resources. Click on the topic below to jump to related information.

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Locating book resources and the online catalog
  • Books are located through the library Web site.
  • The online catalog allows you to search by author, title, subject, and keyword.
  • Music related  books are shelved in the 'M' category and Fine Arts related books are n the 'N' category on the second floor of the library.
  • Search Area Libraries link from the library web site allows you to search other libraries’ holdings with one search question.  Requests can be made online from the TNU library web site for books or articles.
  • eBooks integrate over 85,000 full text eBooks into the library holdings. Many can be download to an eReader format and there is a small collection of audio books available.


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Subject headings in the online catalog


Music Business

Fine Arts

Music; Music—19th century (or 18th, 17th, etc.); Music—History and criticism; Music—Instruction and study; Music—Theory; Copyright—Music; Church music; Composers; Instrumental music; Music appreciation; Musicians; Piano; Sound; Voice


Music—Economic aspects; Music—Vocational guidance

Sound recording industry

Art; Art—History; Art, Greek (or other nationality); Artists; Art appreciation; Architecture; Painting

Call Numbers: Using Library of Congress Classification system, the call number indicates the location of books on the shelves.  Circulating books are on the second floor.




M            Instrumental and vocal music N            Visual arts
ML          Literature on music ND          Painting
ML 410…Composer biographies    NK          Decorative arts
MT          Musical instruction and study NX          Arts in general

Other formats in the library besides books include DVD's, CD’s, and music scores.  These are all in the PAC.  To limit your PAC search to find DVD's only, type in your topic plus “and videorecording” (i.e. piano and videorecording).  The same method can be used to retrieve scores (“and score”), CD’s (“and sound recording”), and boxes (“and box”) from the OPAC.

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Reference Resources

    The Grove's online resource is available from the Databases page of the library web site.  Below is an abbreviated list of print sources used for quick information.  Photocopies can be made, as reference books are not available for check out. Some recommended titles are:


Oxford Music Online including New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians Online

Universally acknowledged as the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.  This can be accessed in the library, from campus labs, and off-campus.  It provides full text of the print edition with expanded search capabilities including the New Grove Dictionary of Opera.  

Music Art
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music    (6 vols. to date)   
Ref. ML 100 .G16
Encyclopedia of World Art (17 vols.)              Ref. N 31. E4833
The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians   (29 vols.)    Ref. ML 100 .N48

Mc-Graw Hill Dictionary of Art (5 vols.) 

Ref. N 33 .M23

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 vols.)   Ref. ML 102 .O6 N5 The History of World Sculpture                      Ref. NB 60. B3813

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians   Ref. ML 105 .B16

Encyclopedia of Painting                    
Ref. ND 30 .E5

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Locating professional journal articles

    Online account information is provided exclusively for Trevecca Nazarene University. Our license agreements permit use of databases only by Trevecca faculty and students.  Please help us maintain the integrity of our license agreements by not sharing access with family, coworkers, and friends.

If you know the journal title: 

From the library homepage enter the journal title in the search box near the top.  Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.  If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text or indicates bound, back issues or microfilm availability.  If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint.

If you are searching by subject: 

Electronic Resources Link: Click on the ‘Electronic Resources’ link, then choose either

* Looking for databases by subject displays a subject list of databases

* Looking for databases by title browses an A-Z title list of databases

* Looking for an e-journal by title limits you to browsing only e-journals accessible online

Accessing databases off campus access requires you to provide your name and the 11 digit ID number from your student ID.

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Music and Fine Arts Database Descriptions


Arts Module

From ProQuest: Search all arts titles on subjects such as arts, dance, theater, cinema and more. This module is a part of the ProQuest General Reference.


ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

provides full text from selected journal titles, book reviews, essay links, monographs, and dissertations in the broad topic of religion. Included here are citations to church music, worship, and choral music.


General Reference Center Gold
A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the l atest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. 

 IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) Source 
IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and solo art songs. Now with over 2250 texts!

Music and Fine Arts Collection
With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and film making.

Naxos Music Library a listening library of a diverse collection of works.

Oxford Music Online,

the home of Grove Music Online Universally acknowledged as the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music the GMO is an enhanced online version of the highly recommended print version.

ProQuest Central
ProQuest Central is the largest multidisciplinary database with over 12,665 titles, with over 9,745 titles in full-text. It serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels in all marke


    When accessing databases from off campus, you will be asked to verify your Trevecca status with your name and the 11 digit barcode number from your student I.D



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