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Popular Music Resources

Resources for the study of popular music.

Subject Librarian

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Steve Henry


MSPAL 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 will find a brief description of some of the tools that may be most helpful to you. 


Books & Recordings

MSPAL 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 left 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 MSPAL. Here are a few that may be especially useful:

Special Collections in Popular Music

You can find collections of rare or unique materials at Special Collections in the Performing Arts (SCPA), located inside MSPAL. A few collections might be especially interesting to popular music researchers: