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You will work with a partner to create a 5-6-minute podcast episode, in which you will discuss a specific topic that relates to world music. “Music” is here defined as broadly as we’ve defined in the course—traditions of theater and dance in which music and sound figure are all fair game.
Listen to podcast episodes for inspiration. Some suggestions:
Special section of an NPR “Codeswitch” episode (Note: this is a 5-6-minute episode)
NPR’s “All Songs Considered”
“Heat Rocks” by Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes
See NPR Guide for students designing a podcast
Reverse Engineer a Podcast
- Listen to the podcast: Vox: Why this creepy melody is in so many movies
- What is the research question?
- What is the thesis statement (i.e., the answer to the research question)?
- What opinions, assertions, or facts presented during the podcast might need research to prove or verify?
- What additional questions might you have about the topic after listening to the podcast?
Begin Your Research with Background Sources
Subject encyclopedias are good starting points for research. They are written by scholars and provide background information about a topic. They can also be useful for:
- identifying keywords when searching databases
- suggesting additional sources of information (via bibliographies)
- establishing the scope of a topic
- providing authoritative factual information
Print Subject Encyclopedias
A sampling of sources about world music. Books marked reference are in the book stacks on the main floor.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Call Number: Reference (ML100 .G16 1997 )
Audio CD included with musical examples for each of the 10 volumes. Ask for the CD at the Circulation Desk.
Note: This source is also available online. See section above.
Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
Call Number: Print Books (ML102.P66 C66 )
Includes extensive bibliographies, discographies, sheet music listings and filmographies. Entries range between 250 and 5000 words, and is arranged in two Parts: Part 1: Social and Cultural Dimensions, covering the social phenomena of relevance to the practice of popular music. Part II: The Industry, covers all aspects of the popular music industry, such as copyright, instrumental manufacture, management and marketing, record corporations, studios, companies, and labels.
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Call Number: Reference (ML102.P66 G84 2006 )
This authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists covers popular music from 1900 to the present, including folk, blues, world music, rock, heavy metal, techno, reggae, and hip hop.
Encyclopedia of World Pop Music, 1980-2001
Call Number: Reference (ML102.P66 J44 2003 )
In this eclectic encyclopedia, author Stan Jeffries chronicles the careers of over 110 musical artists from 37 different nations. Entries include biographical information, trace the entrants' musical development, and recount the performers' critical and popular reception. Weighted heavily towards European acts and secondarily towards Asian ones, this encyclopedia contains some 130 entries offering career details of groups and single artists who have achieved success in world pop charts.
Music in Latin America and the Caribbean: an Encyclopedic History by
Call Number: Print Reference ML199 .M858
Publication Date: 2004
The music of the peoples of South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean has never received a comprehensive treatment in English until this multi-volume work. Taking a sociocultural and human-centered approach, Music in Latin America and the Caribbean gathers the best scholarship from writers all over the world to cover in depth the musical legacies of indigenous peoples, creoles, African descendants, Iberian colonizers, and other immigrant groups that met and mixed in the New World.
Liaison Librarian Information
Online Subject Encyclopedias
Oxford Music Online
With Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers thousands of articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more extensive articles.
Note: There is a limit of 3 simultaneous users.
Ways to search:
• Country, ex. Senegal
• Genre, ex. Bhangra
Includes encyclopedias, dictionaries and other references sources.
Articles vary in length from short to long depending on the topic.
Oxford African American Studies Center
Note: There is a limit of 3 simultaneous users.
Some of the topics covered in this source include:
Gospel, Spirituals, Soul, Salsa, Caribbean Music, Reggae, Chimurenga, Afro-Cuban Music, Jazz, Ska, Zydeco
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
An online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Includes essays, images, and hundreds of audio examples
Also available in print Reference ML100 .G16 1997