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Rap and Hip-Hop Research Resources: Getting Started

The Library Catalog

The library catalog is your best gateway for discovering research material.  To access the catalog through the Music and Performing Arts Library home page, click the "Library Catalog" link beneath the search bar.

Using the drop-down boxes, you can search by keyword, title, author, subject, or ISBN. You can also choose to search either U of I's catalog or all I-Share library catalogs (if U of I does not hold the item).  

When getting started, searching by keyword or subject will be your best options.  

Reference Services

If you'd like some extra help, feel free to visit the Reference Desk at the library of your choice. Reference staff can help you navigate the catalog, suggest search strings, and point you to great resources.  

Subject Headings

Searching by subject heading will get you concise results about your area of study. The following links lead to sample subject searches in the online catalog. A keyword search with the same terms will yield more results, though some may be less relevant.