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Music Research Guide: Ethnomusicology

Databases for Ethnomusicology

Path to Databases:

  1. Hover over word Collections at top of library page.
  2. Under word Electronic, choose Databases.

Specific subject databases (such as those for Music) can be found under the Browse by Subject listing on the left side of the Databases page. If you know the name of the database you wish to use they can be found listed alphabetically by  name under Browse by Letter. 

 General databases cover many different subject areas and are a good place to begin for general information on a topic.General databases can be found under the heading Featured Resources. Choose Top Databases or EBSCO Quick Search.

Music Databases most applicable :
  The Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodical literature. Coverage spans from 1973 to the present and contains data from over 850 music periodicals from over 40 countries.
Contains documents which chronicle  the history of African American music
Organized by geographic region, database contains written and audio introduction to the music of the world
 A large collection of books and peer-reviewed journals for specific topics.
To target your search in Wiley, choose Art & Applied Arts under BROWSE. Then choose Performing Arts & Music. Conduct your search on this page. 
Video databases most applicable
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
Delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. Examples include: Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
A comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. Contains over 1,300 hours of streaming video.
Additional suggestions: (History, Geography, Business)
Provides basic information about countries including economy, geography, government, people. and culture.   
 Information about countries with the ability to break down by more specific areas of interest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Additional suggestions: (Religion)
Indexes 140 Christian magazines and journals, with strong emphasis on evangelical perspectives. Addresses a broad range of topics, including religion, science, literature, music, philosophy, history, nursing, and education. Covers mid-1970s to the present.        
An index of major religious and theology journals, essays, and book reviews. Covers Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues.
Additional suggestion: (General)
Provides full text electronic access to back issues of over 1,000 core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Video Tutorial
Full text journal articles covering the social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, education, and much more. Updated on a daily basis.



Resources outside the JFL


WorldCat is an index to the collections of libraries all over the country. To find WorldCat go to the Databases page and under Browse by Letter, choose W. There are two versions available.

WorldCat: This OCLC version allows you to check for a book's availability within your own zip code, but the search capabilities are less.

WorldCat (First Search) has more detailed search options. It allows you to indicate what format you want (books, visual material, internet resources, and more).

Google Scholar

Google Scholar offers a way to search for scholarly articles outside of the JFL collection.  The web address is: You will find some references to articles from Liberty's databases, but many more from other sources. If you find an article here that you like and it is not available in full text, you can request it through JFL's Interlibrary Loan.