BYU’s MusRef database refreshed, renamed, updated
The website and online bibliography of reference sources previously called “Music and Dance Reference” now has a new name and face. It is now called “MusRef” and the website has been revised an updated.
The new URL is: musref.byu.edu
MusRef is a site devoted to music and dance bibliography and reference. The site consists of five main features:
- An online bibliography of music and dance bibliographies and reference sources (both print and online).
- A blog devoted to music and dance bibliography and reference.
- Basic introductions to reference tools intended to help students understand how reference sources can guide them to appropriate research materials.
- Links to unpublished bibliographies.
- A corresponding Facebook page designed as a forum for interested librarians, scholars, and students.
At present the bibliography includes more than 7,300 bibliographies and reference sources (both print and online), approximately 1,880 of which are annotated with critiques on use, coverage, organization, and pros and cons (click here for guidelines on writing critiques). Many entries also list published reviews for the corresponding sources. The bibliography is growing actively with new sources and critiques added on a regular basis. The coverage of the bibliography was initially based on the music and dance reference collection at Brigham Young University, but many additional citations gathered from WorldCat and earlier bibliographies are entered on a regular basis. We have not copied or borrowed annotations or descriptions from any other sources.
We are adding new resources to the site on a daily basis. Please let us know if you are aware of any appropriate reference tools, online digital collections, free e-journals, composer websites, etc. that we have over looked.
We now have a corresponding Facebook page to complement our site. If you would like to receive occasional notes on reference sources and reference topics as part of your Facebook feed, I invite you to “Like” our page (there is a button on the website). You can also set up an RSS feed to our blog.