Search using words for historical periods (e.g., baroque, renaissance, romantic), musical genres (e.g., punk, folk songs, symphonies), musical styles (e.g., galant, bop, minimalist music), instruments, and/or individual musicians.
|Truncation symbol:||?||e.g. ethnomusicolog? will retrieve catalogue records containing the wordsethnomusicologist, ethnomusicology, ethnomusicological, etc.|
|Phrase searching:||"___"||e.g. "participant observation" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase participant observation|
|Boolean operators:||(), AND, OR, NOT
|e.g. "north america" AND (indians OR indigenous OR "first nations") will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase north america AND at least one of the words/phrases indians OR indigenous OR first nations|
From the Basic Search screen of the Classic Catalogue, select Call number begins with... and enter one of the call numbers below, or simply browse the Music Library shelves at:
|ML198-ML239||Music History and Criticism by region: Americas|
|ML240-ML325||Music History and Criticism by region: Europe|
|ML330-ML345||Music History and Criticism by region: Asia|
|ML348||Music History and Criticism by region: Arab Countries|
|ML350||Music History and Criticism by region: Africa|
|ML360||Music History and Criticism by region: Australia|
|ML3797.7||Ethnomusicology - Congresses|
|ML3798||Ethnomusicology - General works (including works on methods of research)|
|ML3799||Ethnomusicology - Addresses, essays, lectures|
From the Basic Search screen of the Classic Catalogue, select Subject heading begins with... and enter one of the suggested subject headings below (the dashes are not necessary).
Music - [Region]
Music and dance
Music and anthropology
Folk music - [Region]
Popular music - [Region]
World music - [Region]
[Ethnic group] - [Region] - Music
Ethnomusicological studies are published in many journals in other disciplines. The indexes below will provide relevant citations and sometimes full text of articles not found in the music-specific databases above.
Print journals are located on the 5th floor of the Music Library. Many journals are available electronically.
Use the core databases above to locate ethnomusicological research in these and other music journals.
Dissertations are book-length papers written by graduate students in partial fulfillment of a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree requirements. Because they represent new areas of research and undergo a rigorous academic evaluation process, dissertations can be excellent resources for finding information on topics in ethnomusicology. Be sure to check their bibliographies for further reading.
For more online dissertation resources, consult the theses page.
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