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MUS 102: Music of World Cultures

Spring 2011
This guide will point you to some useful resources about music and the world. Some resources are available in the Music Library in the Fine Arts building (especially recordings and music scores). Other material is in the main library. Feel free to stop by the reference desk if you have questions - either virtually or in person.

Table of Contents:

Finding Books, Scores, Recordings, and Videos
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. The advanced search offers an opportunity to limit a search by format (e.g. music score, sound recording, video recordings). Note the library indication in the location, since materials may be in the music library, the general collection of the main library, or the audio visual collection of the main library.
  • WorldCat
    A mega-catalog of library catalogs around the world. Check here for books our library doesn't own and use the yellow "Find It!" button to place an interlibrary loan request. Note: some libraries might not loan sound recordings or videos.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
  • Google Books
    This specialized search engine may be useful because of the way it indexes the full text of books. Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but generally not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books, but also in books for which publishers have included sample pages. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years. Choose the search on the left to search for free. (As of late 2010, Google began selling access to e-books, which is what the search on the right is for.)
Finding Scholarly Information Through Databases
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications, many of which include full text of articles. Be sure to use the "scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals" limiter to focus on rigorous, research-based articles.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Google Scholar
    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
  • Grove Music Online
    The online counterpart to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, this reference source contains articles on composers, performers, styles, genres, world music, instruments, and much more. This title is available through Oxford Music Online and can be cross-searched with The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music. The print version is also available in the reference collection.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature indexes over 500 scholarly sources on music and related disciplines, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, music therapy, music librarianship, the physics of music, and other fields as they relate to music. The majority of citations include abstracts. Many of the results included here are in languages other than English. You may use a language limiter to filter results.
    1967-present; updated monthly
Reference Books
  • On Music
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
    New York: Garland 1998-2002
    Covers the music of peoples of the world in regional volumes that offer regional profiles, the social context of music, and in-depth information on the musical traditions of specific nations and ethnic groups. The work includes musical examples in accompanying CDs.
    • Location(s): Music/Speech Library Ref ML 100 .G16 1998 (10 vols)
  • JVC Video Anthology of World Music
    Tokyo: JVC 1988
    A collection of thirty videos, covering countries of the world and their music traditions. The videos present not only the sound of the music but the cultural context as well, and include many folk dances. There is a printed guide to the series, with brief information on each video. A copy of this set is available in the music library as well as the main library.
    • Location(s): Audio Visual M 1627 .J32 1990
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
    New York: Grove 2001
    The most definitive source on music and music history. The articles in these volumes are carefully researched and documented and provide information on national music traditions, musical forms, composers and musicians, instruments, and more. There are several more specialized Grove encyclopedias--the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Ref ML 101 .U6 N48 1986), the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Ref ML 102 .J3 N48 2002), the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Ref ML 102 .I5 N48 1984), and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera (Ref ML 102 .O6 .N58 1997). This encyclopedia is also available through the Web as Grove Music Online.
    • Location(s): Ref ML 100 .N48 2001
  • On Countries and Cultures
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures
    Boston: G.K. Hall 1991
    Covers over 1500 culture groups, alphabetically arranged within regions. The information summarizes information on the distribution, belief systems, kinship structures, and history of the groups and provides selective bibliographies for further research. Consult the index to determine the appropriate name for a particular culture group.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 550 .E53 1991
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
    Detroit: Gale 2009
    Offers lengthy articles on over 500 culture groups worldwide. Each article surveys the location and homeland of the people and covers a wealth of information on such topics as their language, folklore, religion, rites of passage, interpersonal relations, living conditions, family life, cultural heritage, work, and social issues. Each entry includes a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 333 .W67 2009
  • Countries and Their Cultures
    New York: Macmillan 2001
    This set covers both national cultures of 225 countries and the cultures of diverse groups within their borders. Covers history, ethnic relations, political life, and religion.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 307 .C68 2001
  • Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience
    New York: Oxford 2005 2nd ed. edition
    A rich compendium of information about the African diaspora edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates.
    • Location(s): Ref DT14 .A37435 2005
  • New Encyclopedia of Africa
    New York: Scribner's 2008
    Covers the peoples, civilizations, and history of Africa. Articles cover countries, individuals, ethnic groups, and many topics such as African art, transportation, gender, ecosystems, symbolism, and religion.
    • Location(s): Ref DT2 .N48 2008
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
    Detroit: Thomson Gale 2004 2nd ed. edition
    Covers a wide variety of topics in politics, history, economics, religion, sociology, culture, and geography of 23 predominantly Muslim countries. Articles are intended for a non-specialist readership, and controversial issues are covered in a non-partisan manner.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 43 .E53 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
    New York: Scribner's 2002
    Intended to be the most comprehensive standard reference work on the region, this set covers East, Southeast, South, Central, and West-Southwest Central Asia, from Japan to Turkey, Khazakstan to Indonesia. The focus in on the twentieth century, with articles covering places, peoples, geography, the arts, economics, religion, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 4 .L48 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
    New York: Scribner's 1996 2nd edition
    The 5,000+ articles in this resource give a remarkably complete overview of current knowledge about the region. Entries are arranged alphabetically by country, by topic (such as slavery, art, Asians in Latin America), and biographically. Articles are written by experts and are followed by selective bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1406 .E53 2008
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
    Detroit: Gale 1998
    Offers surveys of tribes, including history, migration, subsistence, modern history, and current issues. Use the index to locate nations that may have more than one name in use (e.g. Anishinabe / Ojibwe / Chippewa).
    • Location(s): Ref E77 .G15 1998
Web Sites of Interest Useful Links
  • Images
    These resources might be helpful for locating images of musical instruments and performances.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    You can request books, articles, and (sometimes) videos from other libraries using our Interlibrary Loan service. Many libraries, however, don't loan music recordings. Use the barcode number from your ID card (not your student number, but a 14-digit number embedded at the bottom of the barcode) and your last name to log in.
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