General Histories and Guides
Songs, Lyrics, and Sheet Music
Other Internet Resources
The Folk Revival Movement
Folk Music of Other Cultures
To find materials in the catalog about contemporary folk music, try a subject search on the following terms:
Folk music is...
an ever-changing concept, and many scholars' opinions differ on what music is considered folk. Some have a very strict definition, while others are much more loose.
Some core concepts of folk are:
For more thorough definitions and interpretations of folk music, check out the music dictionaries and encyclopedias at Oxford Music Online.
To find books about folk musicians, try a SUBJECT search of the individual's name (Last name, First name)
You can also limit your search results by designating a specific material type, such as CD or musical score.
Note: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on containers or inner liners.
This guide was created by Liz Tousey, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.