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This guide can help you begin upper level research into ethnomusicology related topics. Especially helpful for graduate students or students in Music 417. Students in Music 133 have a separate guide.
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Research Guides

Research guides are always a good place to go when beginning to dig deeper into a topic and are excellent starting points.

Ethnomusicology: a guide to research - Post, Jennifer C.
Call Number: ML128.E8 P67
This book was published in 2004 so it won't cover items published in the past five years or so, but it does have a lot of helpful information for the early stages of research. It has good information on specific geographic areas.

Reference materials in ethnomusicology - Nettl, Bruno
Call Number: ML128.E8 N38R31967
This book is from the late 1960s and as such is fairly dated. However, it might have good information if you want to do historical research and many of the contents are still valid.

The music and dance of the world’s religions : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of materials in the English language - Rust, Ezra Gardner.
Call Number: ML128.S17 R87
This book focuses specifically on music tied to religious practices. It covers many different religions and world regions.


Local Resource

U of I's Robert E Brown Center for World Music


A Guide to the Guide

World music and ethnomusicology can be difficult to research. It covers a wide variety of topics and, unlike historical musicology, doesn't have a widely accepted central canon of well-known works. It can also involve difficulties of language, geography, and cultural differences. However, this guide should help you navigate the resources available in the library and if you need more help, please ask a librarian!

To help you more efficiently navigate within this LibGuide, here is an outline of the topics covered on each page:

Where to Begin?

-Research Guides

                                Journal Articles


                                                -Streaming Audio

                                Reference Tools

                                Text (and other) Books

Searching the Catalog

-Subject Headings

-Country Codes




Teaching World Music


Interdisciplinary Tools


-Area Culture Studies

Field Work and Theory

-Blogs and Other Online Tools

-Field Work

-History and Theory

Subject Guide

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This guide created by Lindy Smith, Spring 2009.


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