Tutt Library Research Guides
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To find books on world music perform a WORD search using a variety of terms: instrument names, region/country names, names of peoples, musical genres. Combine them with the term "music". Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION so you'll get books. You can limit your results later. Some samples:
To find recorded examples of world music (sound/video) use search terms similar to the above: select the AUDIO/VIDEO search.
You can use Prospector to widen your search, including items that aren't owned by CC libraries or are checked out.
To further extend your search, use WorldCat. This is often the best way to find obscure items. Items typically arrive within 2 weeks. Materials you find inside Colorado are better ordered through Prospector.
The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Print, an encyclopedia of musical instruments of the world. Scholarly approach, many illustrations, some bibliographies. Some articles are available in Groves Music Online.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (online version here) takes a cultural approach to its focus on the music of all the world's peoples. Each volume is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group, and is complemented by an extensive index. See volume 2 for information on Cuban music!
These resources are a great way to
And, you can BROWSE THE SHELVES!
Libraries shelve like topics together; browsing will help you find something surprisingly useful that you may not have noticed in Tiger catalog. Try the following call number ranges in both libraries (althought Tutt is your best bet):
Start with locating recordings for your instruments. You can:
Then, use some of these general resources to gather information on your instruments:
Grinnell College Music Instrument Collection. Images and information on musical instruments from around the world.
You should also search the Tiger catalog (see Hot Tips, upper left); more hints:
Compare these searches:
Musical Instruments -- Africa 8+ results
music* instrument* Africa 63 results
An asterisk is a truncation device that allows you to search for all letters coming after the root word you're using:
music* searches musics, musician, musical, et
To find journal articles start with the databases below. You'll find more information on them under the Finding Articles tab.