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Jazz Studies

This guide was designed to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April. The Jazz Studies Guide features information and resources on Jazz music from its origins to the present.

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Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

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The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

African American Almanac

Electronic Resource
This book features a chapter on "Blues and Jazz -- Chapter 24."

Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

Main Collection (Third Floor)

Encyclopedia of Jazz

Reference Collection Annex (Second Floor)

Guide to Jazz

Main Collection (Third Floor)

Jazz A-Z

Main Collection (Third Floor)

Jazz Cultures

Electronic Resource

Jazz Portraits: The Lives and Music of the Jazz Masters

Main Collection (Second Floor)

Jazz Standards

Electronic Resource

New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

Reference Collection Annex (Second Floor)
Volumes 1-2

Rise of a Jazz Art World

Electronic Resource

Social History of the United States

Reference Collection (First Floor)
Volumes 1-10

Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

Electronic Resource

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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