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Guide to library materials for music research

Print Reference Sources

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music  is the most comprehensive reference source devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. Its 10 volumes include more than 9,000 pages of entries by more than 700 international contributors. Note that the books are in the Reference section (ML100 .G16 1998, main level), and the accompanying CDs are kept at the Circulation Desk.

Selected Musical Terms of Non-Western Cultures is a specialized dictionary containing thousands of words from the music cultures of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. It is shelved in the Reference section (ML 108 .K37 1990, main level).


Welcome to the music research guide. Whether you are an upper level music major or you are taking your first music class, this is an excellent place to begin your research. For personal assistance, please contact the library liaison for music, Ian Boucher.

The definitive starting point for music research

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Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

Smithsonian Global Sound

Bloomsbury Popular Music

DRAM Music Online

Subject Guide

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Citing in Chicago Style

Chicago Notes & Bibliography

All the rules and examples for citing in Chicago Notes & Bibliography style are in chapter 14 of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

Chicago Author-Date References

The standard for ethnomusicology research, Chicago Author-Date style is explained in chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style.