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Music 133: Introduction to World Music

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


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