This page explains how to search for world music books using the library catalog. The box below provides a refresher on how to do keyword, title / author, and subject searches. Pay particular attention to the instructions for subject searching as that is a great tool for getting more focused, relevant results.
We've included recommended subject headings for world music so that you can do some searching on your own!
When you perform a basic search in the library catalog you are conducting what is known as a keyword search.
If you know the name of the book you need, perform a Title search in the library catalog. First, click on Advanced Search at the end of the search bar.
Select Title from the first dropdown menu. If you know the exact title, use quotes around phrases to return the phrase in the exact order you indicated. If you're searching for the book Black Noise, but you don't use quotation marks around the title, your search will pull any results with "black" or "noise" in the title and you'll have to sift through irrelevant results.
Use an Author search to find materials by a specific author, composer, or performer. Names can be entered in any configuration (e.g. first last or last, first).
A Subject search is more specific than a keyword search.
Example: To get books about music and popular culture, select Subject in the first dropdown. You can split up subjects by each line, or include them all in one line. Remember, quotation marks keep phrases together. For this example, put "Music" as the first subject and "Popular culture" as the second subject.
The dropdown menus on the right let you limit your search, so you can search only for Books (as opposed to scores, recordings, etc.).
If your search is not narrow enough, check out the Tweak your results column to the left, especially the Subject section.
Once you find an item that looks promising, click on the title to open the full record. Scroll down to the Details section. You can use the Subjects in the record and words from the summary or table of contents to refine your search if needed.
To search for world music materials in the library catalog, try subject searches with some of the recommended subject headings listed below.
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.).