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Music 222: Music of the World's Peoples: Books

This guide is a starting point for research.

Start with Primo

Use Primo to find resources on your topic at Collins Library and beyond. Request books held by Summit libraries for delivery to Collins Library in about 5 days. Books can also be requested via Interlibrary loan if needed, for delivery in about 12 days.

Keyword Searches:

  • [country] and music -Ex. Cuba and music
  • [region] and music - Ex. Latin America and music
  • folk music Ex. folk music and Vietnam
  • indigenous peoples and music Ex. Aboriginal Australian music
  • popular music Ex. popular music and Japan
  • ritual music
  • world music

Subject Searches:

  • Indians of North America music
  • drinking songs
  • ethnomusicology
  • folk songs
  • folk dance music
  • vocal music
  • instrumental music
  • Merengue Dance
  • Klezmer music
  • Electronic dance music

Is it scholarly?

Here are some clues to look for in the catalog record when you are evaluating whether a book is scholarly or popular:

  • The publisher is either a university press or an academic publisher (such as Routledge, Wiley, Blackwell, etc.).
  • The description of the book includes "notes and references."

When you have the book in hand, and still aren't sure if it is scholarly, you might want to do a little more digging, perhaps with a couple of quick Google searches:

  • Who is the author?  What are the author's credentials or other sources of expertise?
  • Does the publisher have a website?  If so, what types of books does it publish and what is the process for submitting work for consideration?