Always start with what you know! Try searching for a style, country, region, or ethnic group and the term music. Then, evaluate your results to see how they are described. Check to see which Subjects are used to describe the topic -- you can then click on these to find related materials or use them to develop new search terms.
Examples of Subjects include:
In addition to specific journals listed below, also check out the Current Bibliographies (retired) from the Society for Ethnomusicology for specific articles and our guide dedicated to finding articles:
Databases that focus on music sources:
Databases that focus on performing arts sources:
General databases with good music/interdisciplinary coverage: