Books and eBooks are a great choice when you're new to a subject, since they can provide topic overviews and background information. They don't need to be read cover-to-cover to be useful - just check the table of contents or the index to find sections that are relevant to your interests. In eBooks, you can do a search for your topic within the book.
For some short, music-relevant reads, check out the Very Short Introductions database below:
|beethoven AND biography||
Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms.
|rock music OR punk music||
Use OR between similar terms. Searching for rock music OR punk music will find books that refer to either term. You must capitalize OR.
Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "music theory" to find the words in that specific order.
Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using sing* as a search term will include results that refer to music, musical, musicals, musician, musicians, and musicology.
Here are a few places you can find eBooks; from off campus you will log in with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.). More information on downloading eBooks.