Handbooks, guides, and bibliographies about specific composers, genres, or instruments can be excellent tools for your research!
What are they?
Why use them?
Oxford Bibliographies (linked below) is a great online tool that collects peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on a variety of topics. Searching here to see what has been written about the topic you're researching is a great way gather background information and decide what sources to read next.
You can also find handbooks, guides, and annotated bibliographies on a variety of topics through the library catalog. We are highlighting several series that are particularly good for world music topics.
Remember that you can always search for similar materials yourself by searching for your topic AND "research guide", "bibliography", or "handbook" in the library catalog.
Browse the recommended series of handbooks and guides for world music listed below for a good place to start!