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World Music

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


There are many music dictionaries and encyclopedias and, depending on the topic you are researching, you may need to consult a specialized one or a more general one. We've highlighted several of the core encyclopedias and dictionaries for world music topics below to get you started.

If you need any help navigating these sources, don't hesitate to ask a librarian!

Core World Music Dictionaries & Encyclopedias