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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Music 133: Introduction to World Music

This guide can help you begin research into world music. Especially helpful for students in Music 133.


The Library has materials in many formats, including books, music scores, recordings (CDs, LPs, cassettes), videos (DVDs, VHS, and laserdisc), journals, microfilm. These items can all be found in the Library's catalog, although materials acquired before 1978 are still only found via the card catalog (in the reference area). If you are attempting to do a comprehensive search, you'll need to check both places.

NOTE: What you won't find in the library catalog are individual journal articles--to find those you'll need to use one or more journal databases. Information about journal databases is available here.

Quick Guide to MPAL

> 1st floor: Books, Reference materials, Journals,
Media (ask at the circ desk)

> 2nd floor: Scores
(except for most M1s, M2s, and M3s, which are shelved with Reference)

Finding Music Materials

There are several tabs or pages nested under this one (see above). Each one covers a particular topic.

> Find Books

> Find World Music Recordings

> Audio and Video Formats

> Locating Items in the Library

A Word about Catalogs

U of I Online Catalog

The U of I's online library catalog contains full information (bibliographic records) for books, scores, recordings, etc. that came into the library after 1978. (For materials that entered the library before 1978, use the card catalog located in the public computing area of MPAL.) While the new default interface (VUFind) is very streamlined and offers new ways to refine your search, some find the Classic interface to be more useful.

Default Catalog interface (VUFind)

Features currently unavailable in VuFind:

* Call number searching
* Ability to limit items by library
* Direct export of records to Refworks

Classic Catalog interface (Voyager)

IShare Online Catalog

You can also view the holdings of and borrow from the 65 other libraries in Illinois belonging to IShare using the IShare catalog.


For an even broader scope, you can use WorldCat, which lists the holdings of most of the libraries in this country and beyond.