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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Music 418: Indigenous Musics of North America

This guide was designed to support MUS 418: Indigenous Musics of North America. It also serves as a starting point for research on Indigenous musics.

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog is always a great place to start. Use the filters to the right to limit your results to "Book." Because of the interdisciplinary nature of studying Indigenous musics, you will find related materials in many of the libraries on campus, so avoid limiting your search to only the Music & Performing Arts Library.

The library catalog often uses the term Indian to describe materials, but you can find related materials by using keywords such as:

  • Amerindian,
  • Native American,
  • First Nations,
  • First Peoples, or
  • Indigenous

​It's always a good idea to brainstorm similar words that might also be used to represent your topic before you start searching! You can also search by the name of a particular tribe/nation (e.g. Cherokee) or by combining a tribe/nation with a topic (e.g. Shoshone music).

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the topics listed in the record to find related materials. Below are some generic topics to help you get started.

Indians of North America - Music.  Indians of North America - Music - History and criticism.
Indians of North America - Songs and music. Indian musicians.
Indians of North America - Encyclopedias. Indian dance - North America. 
Indigenous peoples - Canada. Indian art - North America.
Indians of North America.  Indians of Mexico.

Other topics can help you find more specific books, such as Navajo Indians - Music or Indians of North America - Oklahoma - Music. Always take a look at the topics listed once you've found something relevant!

Selected Books

Unless otherwise noted, the following titles are available at the Music & Performing Arts Library.