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Music: 57-306/806: World Music: Start

Hunt Library Starting Points

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

Global Music Series
(includes Oxford's Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture​)

Cambridge Concise Histories

Other books...



Explore what isn't in Google

Cameo is our online library catalog:

find books, scores, recordings, and journals (not articles!)
  Search Tips
Go beyond Cameo to find books and music worldwide:

Scholarly encyclopedia articles about music and musicians:
Search Grove/Oxford Music Online
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Need help? See the "How to Search JSTOR" guide.

Music Index/RILM Music Abstracts

Ideas for multi-media examples


I suggest databases below but found CLP's CD collection to be better after trying a few sample searches for bagpipe music, polkas, and Javanese gamelan. CDs accompany the Global Music Series we have to get you started. 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library)
Use the barcode on the back of your public library card to access from home.
Contemporary World MusicThis resource aims to deliver “the sounds of all regions from every continent.”
Smithsonian Global Sound: Listen to world, folk and traditional music online.

Hunt Library
Naxos Music Library (look for Genres tab, then World)


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library)
The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance (DVD)

Hunt Library
The video collection is located on the 2nd floor. NOTE: videos do not circulate to students. Dr. Woloshyn could check this out for you if you want to use the VHS version. CLP has DVD format.
The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance (VHS)

Presentation Help

Global Communications Center
1st floor of Hunt Library
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Interlibrary Loan

Request books, scores, recordings, or journal articles that we don't have. Items generally arrive in 7-10 business days. Journal articles arrive in PDF format in your e-mail in 2-3 business days.

Request books only through this service. It can be faster than ILLiad since materials are coming from libraries in PA or states surrounding PA. Your login is the 9-digit number on your CMU ID card.