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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

World Music: Where to Begin?

This guide can help you begin upper level research into ethnomusicology related topics. Especially helpful for graduate students or students in Music 417. Students in Music 133 have a separate guide.

Research Guides

Research guides are always a good place to go when beginning to dig deeper into a topic and are excellent starting points.

Local Resource

U of I's Robert E Brown Center for World Music

A Guide to the Guide

World music and ethnomusicology can be difficult to research. It covers a wide variety of topics and, unlike historical musicology, doesn't have a widely accepted central canon of well-known works. It can also involve difficulties of language, geography, and cultural differences. However, this guide should help you navigate the resources available in the library and if you need more help, please ask a librarian!

To help you more efficiently navigate within this LibGuide, here is an outline of the topics covered on each page:

Where to Begin?

-Research Guides

                                Journal Articles


                                                -Streaming Audio

                                Reference Tools

                                Text (and other) Books

Searching the Catalog

-Subject Headings

-Country Codes




Teaching World Music


Interdisciplinary Tools


-Area Culture Studies

Field Work and Theory

-Blogs and Other Online Tools

-Field Work

-History and Theory

Subject Guide

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Music and Performing Arts Library
1300 Music Building
1114 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Subjects: Dance, Music, Theatre


This guide created by Lindy Smith, Spring 2009.