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Music: Research

Resources to support the teaching and learning of Music



Access these music databases via your State Library of Victoria or your public library membership. You can search for your public library here.

Use EbscoHost for online articles and books.

Or browse the book version of this encyclopedia, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, in the library. You may use these in the library but they are not for loan.

How to find a resource in the library

If you have found a resource in the library catalogue that you want to find in the library:

  • A non-fiction book will have a call number and will be located in the non-fiction shelves in the larger part of the library.

  • a fiction book will have the first 4 letters of the author's surname and will be located in the front (entrance) part of the library.

 Some books will be located in the Reference Section and can only be used in the library and not borrowed.

Some books have 'Stacks' as their location. Ask a librarian to find these books for you.

Which books can I borrow and where do I find them?

The music books on the non-fiction shelves are found in the 780s and can be borrowed for 3 weeks.

Check the catalogue to see if the book you want is available

Before you look for a resource, check to see if it is available. 

It is available if it is 'on shelf'.


It is unavailable if it is 'on loan'.


Dewey Classification for Music

780 Music

Quick tips

  1. Plan how you will tackle the research.
  2. Identify possible resources to use such as: journal articles, books, newspaper articles, or websites.
  3. Locate resources in the library and online.
  4. Evaluate the resources you have found critically.
  5. Document the details of the resources you use.


The KWHLAQ chart may help you when you're working on this assignment

The Quality Information Checklist

Evaluating Webpages

Here are some quick tips to help you to evaluate the relevance and the quality of websites. 
If in doubt, don't use it! 

Author Checklist
Are they known as 'experts' in the field? Are they associated with an institution or organisation in a relevant field? Do they list their qualifications? Do they provide contact details?

Coverage Checklist

 Does this site address the topic you are researching? Is the information basic and cursory or detailed and scholarly? Is the information substantial? Was the page worth visiting? Does the site offer anything informative, unique, or insightful? 

Currency Checklist
When was the page produced and how recently was it updated. Are there lots of broken links?

Objectivity Checklist
What is the author's point of view? What is the purpose of the site? Why was the site created? If there is advertising on the page, is it clearly differentiated from the information content?

Site origin Checklist
Look at the URL or address. Is an educational, governmental, organisational or commercial website?

Domain Categories
.edu or .ac (academic institution) 
.gov (government body) 
.com or .co (commercial body) 
.org (non-profit organizations) 
.net (internet service providers)

Accuracy Checklist

 Do you have good reason to believe that the information on the site is accurate?  Is the information presented cited correctly? Is the site free of careless errors, misspelled words, and poor grammar?