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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 Recordings in the Library Catalog

The Music & Performing Arts Library has thousands of audio and video recordings on DVD, CD, and LP available to borrow, and a number of cassettes, VHS, and laserdiscs that you can use in the library. We even have listening rooms with playback equipment! You may also find relevant video recordings in other libraries on campus, so avoid limiting your search to only the Music & Performing Arts Library.

Start with a keyword search in the library catalog and use the Format filter to the right to narrow your search. Music Recording is the best place to start to limit your search to only audio recordings, while Movie is the best for video recordings. Avoid using Audio CD because it does not always include all of the CDs.

Use the topics listed in the catalog a relevant recording to find related materials. For example, Indians of North America - Music with the Music Recording filter pulls up recordings of various indigenous groups, while Navajo Indians - Music with the same filter pulls up recordings specific to the Navajo. 

Online Streaming Audio & Video Collections