Timelines can help you to place a musical event or figure into context with what was going on in the world at that time. But, accurate and useful timelines can sometimes be difficult to find. Therefore, it's always important to verify any dates or details you find by checking them against reputable sources.
Overview Sources include things like encyclopedias and dictionaries. While they are not usually considered scholarly sources, they can still offer a lot of information on a topic in a relatively short amount of text. Writers of Overview Sources bring together information from books and articles to provide a condensed entry about a composer, genre, musical period, or other related information. These are important resource to look at when beginning any research project.
The following are online and print timelines that you might find useful.
Encyclopedias and handbooks are great resources for finding quick content about a topic or individual. Some of these books are available electronically and can be a good way to explore new topics or ideas.