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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

IS 451: Bibliography of Africa - Music

This guide outlines key resources and search techniques for finding African music resources.

Search Tips and Subject Headings

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:

Recommended Resources

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: