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Jazz Studies Guide

Reference Articles Through the Library Search

When beginning your research, use encyclopedias and dictionaries to get background information on your topic. The library offers these resources both physically and online.


In the search on the library homepage, type in a jazz genre, musician, or composer. When you get your results, use the sidebar to filter to Availability: Online and Resource Type: Reference Entries.

Search Examples:

Latin Jazz

Melba Liston



Browse: Most jazz reference books are located in ML102J section of the music stacks.


Here are a few online databases you can search to find reference articles on jazz topics:

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Here are a few encyclopedias and dictionaries you can use to find information on jazz: