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Music Research Guide

This online guide is designed to help patrons who are investigating music related topics and provides an overview of resources available to help them in their research.

Books on Music History

Reference Books for History & Ethnomusicology

Helpful Databases for Research

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

If you are looking for books on Music Ethnomusicology at any of our Marshall Libraries, here is a brief overview of the call number sections that may be helpful in your search. The Drinko, Morrow, and Charleston Library Stacks are organized through the Library of Congress cataloguing system which assigns Music subject books under the designation "M." For Music Ethnomusicology a good place to start is under the "ML" designation.

Areas to look for Research in Ethnomusicology:

  • ML3798: Ethnomusicology
  • ML3799: Ethnomusicology -- Addresses, essays, lectures, Ethnomusicology -- History; Ethnomusicology -- Fieldwork
  • ML3799.2: Applied Ethnomusicology


Areas to look for Folk, National, and Ethnic Music:

  • ML3544-3776: Folk, national, and ethnic music
    • ML3550-ML3562: North America
      • ML3556: African American music
      • ML3557: Music of Indian nations and tribes
      • ML3563: Canadian music
      • ML3565: West Indes & Caribbean music
    • ML3570-ML3572: Central America
    • ML3575: South America
    • ML3580-ML3730: Europe and Russia
    • ML3740-ML3758: Asia & Middle East [Some examples]
      • ML3746: China
      • ML3748: India
      • ML3750: Japan
      • ML3752: South Korea
      • ML3754: Israel & Palestine
      • ML3757: Turkey
    • ML3760: Africa
    • ML3770: Australia
    • ML3771: New Zealand
    • ML3774-ML3775: Oceania
    • ML3776: Jewish music

Subject Headings are great ways to search for a particular type of topic that you are looking for in your research. Subject Headings are standardized under the Library of Congress classification, so locating a particular subject heading can be searched in not only our Marshall Libraries but in libraries across the U.S. Use one of the following Subject Headings to help you narrow down your search.