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MU 295 Indonesian Music: Getting Started

Hot Tips for Searching the Catalog!


  • you want to find performances by a particular artist or group, do an AUTHOR search in the catalog.
  • Examples:  Colcannon (a group)
  • Chaurasis, Hariprasad (a performer)              

 To find books on world music, perform a  KEYWORD search using a variety of terms:  instrument names, region/country names, names of peoples, musical genres.  Combine them with the term "music".  You can limit your results later via the left-hand side navigation bar. Some samples:

  • Bali  music
  • Javanese Gamelan
  • Wayang
  • Balinese Dance

To find recorded examples of world music (sound/video) use search terms similar to the above.  You can Refine Your Search by selecting the Collection category in the left-hand navigation bar.

I can't find it in the Catalog!

You have access to materials from three sources -- the Library Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat:

  • Catalog includes all of the books owned by Tutt Library 
  • Prospector gives you access to books in 22 regional libraries.  Note-Prospector is currently unavailable.
  • WorldCat lists library holdings nationwide

Delivery Times

  • Prospector: 3-5 business days
  • WorldCat (Interlibrary Loan): 5-10 business days

Music Library Services


Music Circulation Desk, X6560

Music Research, x6126

More help in Tutt Library:

Circulation Desk, x6184

Research Desk, x6662

Interlibrary Loan, x6664

Writing Center, x6742

Find your Librarian


Find Background Information

Best Bets for your assignments:

  • Grove Music Online.  (Print version is located in the Seay Library's print reference section). This is the most important English-language resource of its type for music. Use this resource to locate background information on musical instruments, peoples, and regions or nations.  All types of musics are included. Contains excellent bibliographies and illustrations. 
  • The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Print 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 4 for information on Indonesian music.
  •  Britannica Online.  Use this source only for basic cultural and historical information on the community whose music you are studying.

  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Print, an encyclopedia of musical instruments of the world.  Scholarly approach, many illustrations, some bibliographies.  This content is also available in Grove Music Online.

These resources are a great way to

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Narrow an existing topic
  • Glean keywords for catalog and database searches
  • Leverage bibliographies for the next stage of your research



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 (although Tutt is your best bet):

  • ML1251  Instrumental music-Indonesia
  • ML345 .I5 Indonesian Music-History and Criticism

If you're seeking recordings, browse through our audio/video formats (CD, DVD, etc.) under these call numbers:  Eth-OB through Eth-OH. Many of these will be in the display in the front of the library.

Help for Course Project


Begin by taking a look at the resources listed in the box above, Best Bets for your assignments.

 To locate recordings for your project:

  • Search the catalog, and/or the diisplay area in the front of the library. .

 You should also search the Tiger catalog (see Hot Tips, upper left); below are more hints:

  • Start with a KEYWORD search first
  • When you find something useful, open the record and scroll down and take a look at the SUBJECT on those that interest you, to extend your search. (will broaden or narrow your search)
  • A WORD search will usually reveal more results than a SUBJECT search.

        Compare these searches:

         Indon* music*. 226  results. This is a very broad search and brings up many formats, particularly recordings/videos.

         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, etc.

HOT TIP!!-you may broaden the above searches by repeating them in Prospector.  See the small box on your upper left (I can't find it in Tiger!) for information.


 To find journal articles start with the databases below.  You'll find more information on them under the Finding Articles tab.

  • JSTOR is a scholarly journal archives with many Music titles. Although many journals in JSTOR are archives only, JSTOR is now starting to host current content (the most recent issues). It's best not to limit your search to music journals; you'll find articles about music in journals principally devoted to other disciplines.
  •  The Music Index Identifies articles in over 700 music journals. Covers classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world music, including musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, applied and professional topics, music education, and the music industry. 1976-present.
  • RILM covers all types of publications on music, in all media: books, journals, online resources, research-based sound recordings and films, dissertations, and more (see a complete list of document types). Publications represented in RILM originate from 151 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe.  Articles in many languages with English titles.  Not full text, but very comprehensive coverage-articles may be linked to other sources for full text-otherwise you can order through interlibrary loan.  Try this!

Music Librarian

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Daryll Stevens
The fastest way to reach me is via the "Email Me" link above. You may also reach me at 389-6126, or 389-6560