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World Music   Tags: ethnomusicology, music, world_music  

This guide provides information on world music and ethnomusicology through geographical studies. There are links to books and periodicals.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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    Getting Started with Research in World Music

    Click on the tabs above for some suggested readings on different topics in world music.

    In the BGSU Libraries Catalog, use the following subject searches:

    Folk music
    World music
    Folk dance music
    Cajun music
    Indians of North America music
    Reggae music
    Gamelan music
    Music [then add specific country]; e.g., Music Bali or Music Japan

    NOTE: Do not use the subject world music unless you really are looking for popular musical works combining traditional rhythms from around the work with elements of jazz and rock. Subject headings are determined by the Library of Congress, and as a subject heading, world music refers to a specific type of music, not necessarily ethnic or non-western musical styles.

    Finding Recordings in the BGSU Libraries Catalog

    To find recordings of music from specific countries, states, or regions, click on the subject box in the BGSU Libraries Catalog. There are several terms to use depending on your desired results. To find songs or folk songs of a specific country in a specific language, enter songs [language] and country name.


    Songs English England
    Folk songs English United States
    Songs french canada
    Folk songs Korean

    There also may be specific time periods added to entries, such as "20th century," or "To 1800," or other terms, such as "History and Criticism" or "discographies." If you just are looking for sound recordings, you may limit the search by clicking on the "limit this search" button and choosing "sound recording" from the material type list.

    If you want to find instrumental or folk music of a particular country, you can do another subject search, typing in music [country name]


    Music Japan
    Folk music Ireland
    Music Turkey
    Folk dance music Brazil

    You also may want to do a keyword search using the terms ethnic and music, limiting your search to material type sound recording.

    If you want to find music or songs about a specific country or state, again search by subject, typing [country/state name] songs and music.


    Ohio songs and music
    Paris songs and music

    Finding Video Recordings in the BGSU Libraries Catalog

    To find video recordings of music from specific countries, states, or regions, click on the subject box in the BGSU Libraries Catalog. Type in music [country] and limit the search to material type audiovisuals.


    Music Africa
    Music China

    We have a few collections of video recordings that may be useful. All are held in the Listening Center

    The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Search by title or by call number MusicVHSJVC
    Dancing (PBS Series). Search by title or by call number MusicVHSHomeVisionDAN-070
    Beats of the Heart. Search by title or by call number MusicVHSShanachie


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    This guide was created by Morgan Rich, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.


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