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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indigenous Musics of North America

This guide serves as a starting point for research on Indigenous musics.


This page explains how to search for books on Indigenous music using the library catalog. The box below includes search tips so that you can do some browsing on your own. If you don't know where to start and want to see a selection of what the Library has available, check out the box at the bottom of this page. 

Search Tips

Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog is always a great place to start. Use the "Material Type" filter on the right of the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your results to "Books."

Search for Native American, Amerindian, IndianFirst Peoples, First Nations, Aboriginal, or Indigenous as keywords. You can also link multiple words from this list together using "OR" to get more results (e.g. Native American OR Indian OR Indigenous)

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.

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the topics (listed in the subject field of the record) to find related materials. At this point, if you've identified several promising materials that have the same subjects listed, consider clicking on any of the subject headings to launch a new search for similarly classified items.

For a more exhaustive list of call number ranges to browse and suggested subject headings, see the Tips for Exploring the Collection box on the "Getting Started" page.

Selected Books