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World Music

This guide can help you begin upper level research into ethnomusicology and world music topics.


This page explains how to search for world music books using the library catalog. The box below includes recommended subject headings for world music so that you can do some searching on your own! If you need a refresher on how to search by subject in the catalog, refer to the Finding Books page of our Finding Music Materials guide.

At the bottom of the page, we've highlighted some books from the catalog to show you a sampling of the resources available through the Library.

World Music Subject Headings

To search for world music materials in the library catalog, try subject searches with some of the recommended subject headings listed below.

  • World music
  • World music -- analysis, appreciation
  • World music -- history and criticism
  • World music -- social aspects
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk music

You can also try combining these headings with specific country or region names (e.g. Bulgaria or Latin America) or resource types (e.g. discographies, dictionaries, or encyclopedias, etc.).

  • Example: World Music -- Latin America -- History and Criticism

Selected Books from the Catalog