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Rap and Hip Hop Resources: Searching/Browsing/Finding Materials

A guide to finding resources for rap and hip hop research

Browsing and Searching

Call Numbers for Browsing

Try browsing the shelf in the following areas for relevant books:

Call Number Description
ML 156.4 Discographies in general (mainly in the Music Reference section)
ML 420 Artist biographies
ML 3531 Books on hip hop and rap
ML 3790 Books on the music industry, informative for Rap/Hip Hop
ML 3918 Books on music and politics/nationalities/race/aesthetics/philosophy


Useful Subject Headings for Hip Hop and Rap

From the library catalog, click on the tab that says "subject" then type any of these entries.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop -- Encyclopedias
Hip Hop -- Influence
Hip Hop -- Periodicals
Hip Hop -- Pictorial works
Hip Hop -- Social Aspects
Hip Hop -- Social Aspects -- United States
Hip Hop -- Southern States
Hip Hop -- United States
Hip Hop -- United States -- Terminology
Rap (Music)
Rap (Music) -- History and criticism
Rap (Music) -- Periodicals
Rap (Music) -- Social aspects
Rap musicians
Rap musicians -- United States -- Biography

If you are interested in looking information relating to geographic regions this is a formula that will lead to results, if we have book in this area!


Hip hop -- State -- City


Hip hop -- New York (State) -- New York  [New York is unique because of the same name for city and state, include (State)]
Hip hop -- California -- Los Angeles

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