Music Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and Internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Suggested Search Terms

  • Middle Ages or Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • 20th Century or Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Rock'n'roll
  • Popular Music
  • Folk Music
  • Composer


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Suggested Databases

JSTOR is comprehensive academic journal database for the study of the Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts.

Academic Search Complete
ASC covers all subjects, including current topics. For best results, use the "Choose Database" feature and select all databases. ASC contains academic and popular sources.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection
NCTC owns thousands of quality reference books, available at any time through the eBook Collection.

Academic Video Online: Premium
A large database of online videos and documentaries covering academic subjects. There is a large section of performance videos in the arts.

Internet Resources

Classic Bands
Biographical information on classic rock & roll bands.

"The Internet's Premier Classical Music Source"

National Jukebox
Historical recordings provided by the Library of Congress

Online Resources for Music Scholars (Harvard University)
A comprehensive list of online resources.

A Passion for Jazz
A Jazz history and education website.

Performing Arts Reading Room
The Library of Congress resource page for the performing arts. Includes information on copyright.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The official website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

World Music Central
A comprehensive site featuring reviews, articles, and much more from the world music scene.

Access to thousands of musical performances and other videos.