The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library has a variety of resources to help you with your popular music research project, including databases, articles, books, CDs, and some unique primary sources.
Below you'll find a brief description of some of the tools that may be most helpful to you. The box on the left has some quick links to these resources.
The library subscribes to a number of databases that can help you locate articles related to the history of popular music.
The Performing Arts Library contains thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials on all genres of music, including popular music. Enter your search terms in the library catalog, WorldCat UMD. On the lefthand side of the search results page, you will be able to limit by format.
You can check out up to three CDs at a time for one week.
There are many discographies and guides to research in the reference section of the Performing Arts Library. Here are a few that may be especially useful.
You can find collections of rare or unique materials at Special Collections in the Performing Arts (SCPA), located inside the Performing Arts Library. A few collections might be especially interesting to popular music researchers: