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Referencing resources

We have a number of bibliographic referencing tools. More information can be found in our Referencing Software guide. Refworks is a web-based tool and can be used online without installing software. There are also some excellent free resources such as Mendeley.

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Useful Arts Databases

Reference Resources

Credo Reference is a collection of serveral hundred major reference books including dictionaries, encyclopaedias and thesauri with a number of reference materials for the arts including:

  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Locations
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry and Society
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and Production
  • The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music
  • The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
  • The Harvard Dictionary of Music
  • Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the World of Opera
  • The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
  • Opera: The Great Composers and their Masterworks

Oxford Reference Online includes

  • The Oxford Companion to the American Musical
  • The Oxford Companion to American Theatre
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Dance
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music 
  • The Oxford Companion to Music
  • A Dictionary of Opera Characters 
  • The Grove Book of Opera Singers
  • The Grove Book of Operas
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera 
  • The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
  • The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance
  • The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre


Oxford Art Online includes

  • Grove Art Online 
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

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