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About this guide
This is the world music guide. The main music research guide covers general topics. Related guides (listed in box at bottom right) cover other aspects of music.
Locate music books, recordings, scores, articles, & e-resources
Bibliographies of the music of various countries and regions are found in the Lewis Music Library's Ref ML120 section, arranged alphabetically by country. Examples:
- Africa: Ref ML120.A35
- China: Ref ML120.C5
- Latin America: Ref ML120.L357
Browse the shelves in the circulating collection for books on world music:
Find music journal articles (MIT access)
These sources may list articles not listed in Search Our Collections:
Online dictionaries and encyclopedias (MIT access)
Music and Performing Arts
Over 5 million tracks from Alexander Street Press: includes American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound
Ethnographic Sound Archives Online
Over 2,000 hours of historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata. Includes the following collections: southern and central Africa, Oceania, Central African Republic, South Asia, Afghanistan, American folk music/U.S.A. South Negro Folklore Collection
Streaming video service with documentary and feature films.
Naxos Video Library
Classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, and documentaries.
From the Society for Ethnomusicology
Music and Media Program Head
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