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Online encyclopedias are a good starting point for information on musicians and musical styles, as well as historical context.
EBooks (Gale) This link opens in a new window
Cross-searches many encyclopedias, including Contemporary Musicians and Contemporary Black Biography.
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Another cross-searchable collection of encyclopedia and reference books.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online This link opens in a new window
Select "Volume 3: Music of the United Sates and Canada" to find some useful entries on blues and many social issues relevant to music.
Oxford Music Online This link opens in a new window
Searches several music encyclopedias, including the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
Encyclopedia of Chicago This link opens in a new window
Includes entries on Chicago blues, as well as photographs, biographies, essays, art, music and documents on all things Chicago.