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World Music Research Guide

Why is this important?

Print and audio resources are your first go to sources when starting a paper. Internet articles are great, but it's important to have a larger more comprehensive source. Print sources, like books or scores can also help you understand your topic fully on beginning and more advanced levels. Audio resources are crucial for music papers. Especially with world music, it's tough to be confident about your paper if you haven't listened to the music you are writing about.

How can I find them?

You can use a variety of techniques to find print and audio sources.

For audio sources, check out our Finding Sound Recordings Guide or look at Smithsonian Global Sound and Contemporary World Music. The last two are geared towards people studying music from all over the world. When you sign in through Research Port, it's free!

For print sources try the methods below:

1. Search the library catalog or World Cat UM by subject words

2. Check World Cat for print sources referenced on Wikipedia (this is called chaining)

3. Find a book on your topic and look at the books around it on the shelf

4. Ask your professor or TA if they know any good sources for your subject

5. Search for resources with alternate subject terms