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Provides an overview of resources related to World Music available in the OU Fine Arts Library.
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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World Music Reserve Section

There is a special reserve section for World Music books in the Fine Arts Library.  These reserves are located next to the circulation desk.  These reserve books have orange stars on the spine, so they are easy to identify as reserve items.  To enhance availability of these resources to the large number of students enrolled in World Music classes, these items only circulate for one day only.  There are no renewals.

Audio Resource

  • Alan Lomax Sound Recording Archives
    The Sound Recordings catalog comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s. In addition to a wide spectrum of musical performances from around the world, it includes stories, jokes, sermons, personal narratives, interviews conducted by Lomax and his associates, and unique ambient artifacts captured in transit from radio broadcasts, sometimes inadvertently, when Alan left the tape machine running. Not a single piece of recorded sound in Lomax’s audio archive has been omitted: meaning that microphone checks, partial performances, and false starts are also included.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
    Includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies.

Resources Located in the Index Table Area

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Nettl, Bruno

World Music: The Rough Guide
Broughton, Simon

American Music Traditions
Titon, Jeff Todd

Encyclopedias of Musical Instruments

The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians


    Online Resources

    You must have your OUNetID (4x4) and password to login and use the online library research resources.

    To located journal articles on your subject, use the databases listed below.

    • Academic Search Premier
    • AllAfrica
      Collection of over two million articles from 100+ news organizations, plus documents and releases from over 200 NGOs, governments and international institutions. Useful for researching contemporary performers.
    • Bibliography of Native North Americans
      Covers Native North American history, life, and culture from the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). Materials indexed include the cumulative eight volumes of the Ethnographic Bibliography of North America, books, journal articles, essays, conference papers, dissertations and U.S. government documents.
    • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
      Contains overviews of world regions including surveys of musical heritage, traditions and themes; and descriptionz of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.
    • Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
      Comprehensive dictionary of musical scholarship and includes links to musical web sites around the world. Full text available.
    • JSTOR
      Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, Statistics. It is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Full text available.
    • Music Index
      International index covering international music periodicals with a broad range of subject matter. Materials indexed include historiographic, ethnographic, and musicological data, reviews, tapes and performances.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India
      Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India depicts the story of Indian music through 2,000 years of history. Entries cover forms of music from classical to film-originated, as well as dance styles, technical terms, instruments, and biographies of vocalists, musicologists, saint poets, gurus, composers, and instrumentalists. The range and breadth of the Encyclopedia is immense. With 5,000 entries by approximately 100 acclaimed contributors, the work spans not only all regions of India, but also covers the music of the Subcontinent, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
    • WorldCat
      An international, multi-disciplinary catalog of books, Internet resources, audio visual materials, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings and other materials held by over 20,000 OCLC libraries. It contains materials representing 400 languages. Items found in WorldCat may be borrowed on InterLibrary Loan.

    Online Journals

    You must have your OUNetID (4x4) and password to login and use the online library research resources.

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