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Ethnomusicology, World Music, and Folk Music: Resources


Oxford Music Online

(available on our “Databases” page)


Music Online: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

(available on our “Databases” page)


New Grove Dictionary of American Music

(we have print and e-book)


Encyclopedia of African American Music



New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

(we have print and e-book)


Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India


Research Guides

Post, Jennifer C. Ethnomusicology: a guide to research.

Schuursma, Ann Briegleb. Ethnomusicology research: a select annotated bibliography.

Nidel, Richard. World music: the basics.

Books in series

Look up these series titles in the Library's catalog:


Garland library of readings in ethnomusicology

Global music series ("Experiencing music, expressing culture") (Oxford Univ. Press)

World music atlas

Greenwood encyclopedia of Black music




RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (available on our "Databases" page)


Unless otherwise indicated, the following are available on our "Journals" page:




Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Yearbook for Traditional Music

Ethnomusicology Online (EOL)

 British Journal of Ethnomusicology

Galpin Society Journal (instruments)


Folk music:

Folk Music Journal

Sing Out! (folk music)



Southern Folklore


Regional studies:

Journal of the Society for American Music

American Music Research Center Journal

Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society

Latin American Music Review

New directions: Readings in African Diaspora Music (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)

Black Music Research

Black Perspectives in Music (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)

Asian Music: Journal of the Society for Asian Music

Chinese Music (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)

Sruti: South Indian Classical Music and Dance Monthly (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)

Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)


Sound Recordings and Videos

Databases (streaming audiovisual)

The following contain field recordings, studio recordings of traditional music, or documentary films. They're available on our "Databases" page:


Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound

Music Online: American Music

Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)

Filmakers Library Online

Kanopy Video

Films on Demand


Databases (Images of instruments, etc.)




Discographies and videographies

Search these in the Library's catalog by combining names of specific countries or genres of music with the term "discography" or "video catalog":


     blues discography     Subject

     china discography     Subject


Individual recordings and videos in the Library

To find these in the Library's catalog, use these searching tips. Use the sidebar to limit to "Audio" or "Video."


Video anthologies and series

Look up these series titles in the Library's catalog:


JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance

Discovering music series


Record labels

Some well-known ethnomusicological record labels that you can look up in the Library's catalog:



ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (a general index, available on the Library's "Databases" page)

Gillis, Frank. Ethnomusicology and folk music: an international bibliography of dissertations and theses.

Related Areas

The study of traditional music will lead you into many other fields, including anthropology, sociology, area studies, literature, folklore, the other arts, and history:

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