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ES207 Hip Hop and Ya' Don't Stop: Find Books

ES207 Hip Hop and Ya' Don't Stop

Writing About Hip-Hop

Can't Stop, Won't Stop:  A History of the Hip-Hop Generation-Jeff Chang ; introduction by DJ Kool Herc

The Anthology of Rap-edited by Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; afterword by Chuck D and Common

Hip hop America-by Nelson George

Browsing the Shelves

Books on the same topic and scores for the same performance forces often have similar call numbers.

Once you find a good book or score in the stacks, browse the shelves for similar items.

For a complete list of call numbers for music books and scores check out M is for Music!

Finding Books about Hip Hop

Most books about Hip Hop are located in the ML section of Tutt library.  Search the Tiger catalog, using these SUBJECT searches,  to discover what you need:


Rap music

Rap (Music) -- History and criticism

Search Tips

When searching TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to

  • Use broad keywords from your class reading to begin your search.
  • Refine your searches by adding keywords.
  • Click on the subject headings of interesting books to find similar materials and more search terms.
  • Try the Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus to find variations of keywords and subject headings.

Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.

Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more.

Search Examples:

      Keyword Searching

      Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

      Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)


      Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

      Example: vegetarianism and environment


      Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

      Example: global warming or climate change


      Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

      Example: emissions trading not United States


      Additional Search Tips

      "Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks" " to search for a particular phrase.

      Example: "greenhouse gas emissions"

      Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.

      Example: environment* (finds environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.)

      (Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.

      Example: (climate change or global warming) and population growth

      See the Basic Search Tips guides for more information, including examples.  Use the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search.  Or use the Keyword Searching Worksheet to help you brainstorm keywords and put together your own search query.

      Search Strategies

      Goal How To Example
      find a phrase Place quotation marks around a group of words "secondary education"
      broaden a
      Use an asterisk (*) at theend of a word to search for variations of a word at one time
      educat* searches for educate, educating, education, etc.
      search for
      AND searches for items that contain both keywords educat* AND teach* retrieves documents that have both words
      OR searches for items that have at least one of the keywords educat* OR teach* pulls items with either word
      stop a keyword
      from showing
      up in results
      NOT excludes items with a specific keyword educat* NOT secondary means that any items with the word Europe will not show up in the search results
      look for words near one another
      use "near" in between keywords educat* near secondary 

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