James H. Thomason Library

Music 212 Course Guide: Music of the World's Cultures
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Jai Sing of Ajmer with His Girl Orchestra [right position: musicians] ca 1715. 
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    Journal Finder
Locating Recorded Music & Video
  Searching THOMCAT
  Classical Music Library
  Internet Recordings
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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Companions   back to top

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford University Press, 2004.
Musical terms, works, instruments and their history, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras.

Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection [University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives]
Digitized images in the musical instrument database are intended for educational and instructional use. If you cite or download images, please acknowledge the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music,  Garland Publishing, 1998-c2002.  
Main Level, Reference: R 780.9 G183G [10 vols, 10 CDs]
Tells the complete story of music, culture by culture. Each volume includes an overview of the region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. A compact disc of music by region accompanies each volume (in back of book).

New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Macmillan/Grove's, 1984. 
Main Level, Reference: R 781.9103 N42N [3 vols]
Articles on western and non-western, historical and modern instruments, their makers and performance practices, many derived, but largely re-written from articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  Extensive coverage of folk and ethnic instruments by scholars expert in the regions in which the instruments are located.  

The Harvard Dictionary of Music  [CREDO Reference] Belknap Press of Harvard U. Press, 2003.  
Includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East; descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background; and articles that reflect today's music. 

MusicHound World: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 780.9 M973M2 
Covers 1,100 acts, from more than 85 countries. Entries describe each performer’s work and influence. Includes a country index, useful for identifying musicians from specific regions.

  The Harvard Dictionary of Music

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Grove's Dictionaries, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 780.3 N42N [29 vols]
Although titled a dictionary, this resource is encyclopedic in scope. Provides lengthy articles on various composers, musicians, musical genres, instruments, music history topics, ethnomusicology, etc.

The Norton Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music, W.W. Norton & Co., 1988.
Main Level, Reference: R 780.3 N821N

The Oxford Companion to Music [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject, placing music in its social and cultural context. Covers current research in and approaches to music, including analysis, theory, ethnomusicology, and performance practice.

Locating Books   back to top
THOMCAT   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Jobim, Antonio Carlos [as AUTHOR]

  Rainey, Ma [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. Materials relevant to the study of world music may be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:
Folk Songs--Irish--Instrumental Settings
  Gbaya (African people)--Music
  Indonesia--Music--Bali Island
  Music--Brazil--20th Century--History And Criticism
  Music--Latin America--History and criticism

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
music AND Ireland

· Use OR between synonyms to expand your search and
group those terms with parentheses:
music AND (Irish OR Ireland)
bluegrass AND (violin OR fiddle)

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
music* = music, musical, musician, musicians

Beware truncating short words sing* = singe, single, singular


Try Keyword searching with THOMCAT, other library
catalogs & library databases


PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by email when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat   back to top

A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.


Interlibrary Loan

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when...

  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've checked Journal Finder for coverage of the date for that journal]

Interlibrary Loan is another option available to PC students, faculty and staff. Click link for instructions.


Locating Articles    
Article Databases back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC e-mail account username [i.e. tinman] and password. Search databases using terms dealing with your topic.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.


Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]  
EBSCOhost's journal and magazine articles from all academic disciplines

Project  MUSE:  Basic Undergraduate Collection  Current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.


Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full text if available.

Browse  Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.



Locating Recorded Music & Video    
Searching THOMCAT for CDs and Video   back to top

Use THOMCAT, the online catalog to locate recordings in Thomason Library:

  • Choose the Music CD tab and enter your terms.[THOMCAT will search titles and contents]
    reggae; alternative music; Bach sonata; "All I wanna do"
  • Choose the DVD/Video tab to search for a video recording. The default search is DVD- you must choose VHS to search for a VHS recording.
    Examples: Gladiator; running
  • Choose
  • You can also search for a specific AUTHOR (or composer) or by SUBJECT.
    Examples: Galway, James; Folk music Ireland
Search Example Results
Music CD
DVD/ Video
Folk music Ireland


Classical Music Library-streaming audio   back to top

Classical Music Library
The world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. The growing collection of 50,000-plus tracks includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

Internet Recordings   back to top

Try searching YouTube & other video sites by typing search terms in search box on website.

       Examples: traditional music Judaism, highlife Nigeria, or flute music Andean

Google Video

YouTube  (also owned by Google)

Yahoo Video

Global Music Archive [Vanderbilt University]
A multi-media reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americans currently concentrating on East African recordings, with plans to expand to

National Geographic World Music [National Geographic Society]


Inserting links into PowerPoint

To insert video clips from YouTube and other websites into a PowerPoint slide: 

  • copy the URL of the video clip,
  • type name of clip & highlight name,  
  • click on “Insert” in menu bar at top of screen, and select “Hyperlink.”
  • Paste URL into address box where cursor is flashing.

Reserve Items  [Only on reserve when class is offered]   back to top

RESERVE items are located behind the Circulation Desk, and are shelved under the professor’s name.  Most reserve items are for use in the library building, but still must be checked out from the Circulation Desk with your ID.

Books on Reserve

The Music and Dance of the World’s Religions: A Comprehensive, Annotated Bibliography of  Materials in the English Language.  E. Gardner Rust, Greenwood Press, 1996. professor copy

Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. Adelaida Reyes. Oxford U. Press, 2005.professor copy

Musics of Many Cultures: An Introduction, University of California Press, 1983.

Upper Level: 781.7 M973M

The Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States, Oxford University Press, 1995.

Upper Level: 780.89 F669P

Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World. Kay Kaufman Shelemay. W.W. Norton & Co., 2006. professor copy
Accompanied by a set of 3 compact discs.

The World of Music. David Willoughby. 6th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2007. professor copy
Accompanied by a set of 3 compact discs, with classical and world music.

Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples. 2nd edition, shorter version. Jeff Todd Titon, General editor. Schirmer/Thomson Learning, 2005.
Accompanied by a set of 2 compact discs. Contents of CD listed on inside front & back covers.

  The World of Music:  David Willoughby

CDs on Reserve

Best of Kodo [CD].  Music collection from this world-renowned Japanese taiko drumming ensemble. For over 30 years, the "samurai percussionists" of Kodo have explored the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, honoring the past and boldly striking out in new directions for this vibrant living art form. professor copy

Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World  [3 CD set]. See entry under “Books”  section. professor copy

Thuthukani Ngoxolo (Let’s Develop in Peace) [CD].  Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male choral group that sings in the vocal style of isicathamiya and mbube.

DVDs & Videos on Reserve

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Discovering the Music of Africa [VHS tape], Educational Video, [1982].

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.6296 D631D

Discovering American Folk Music [VHS tape], Educational Video, c1987.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.6213 D631D

Reviews the two main influences -African and English- on the development of American folk music.

Discovering the Music of India [VHS tape], Educational Video Network, [c1987].

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.62914 D631D

Describes the two main types of Indian music, the Karnatic of the south and the Hindustani of the north, dating back more than three thousand years. Demonstrates the use of a wide variety of simple and complex instruments. Points out several ways in which Indian music differs from Western music. Includes a traditional Indian dance showing the importance of the art of gesture.

Roots of Rhythm [3 VHS tapes], New Video Group, c1997.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.64 R679R

Program 1: Traces the origins of Latin music from Spain and Africa to the New World.  Program 2:  Focuses on pop music developed in Cuba and examines how North Americans began to discover this island's musical treasures.  Program 3:  Shows how Spanish-African music has become the basic part of popular musical culture of the U.S.

Rhythm of Resistance: The Black Music of South Africa [VHS tape] Shanachie Records, c1988.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.6296 R349R

Apartheid era film depicting the authentic joy and sorrow of Black South African music.

Tryin' to Get Home: A History of African American Song [VHS tape] Heebie Jeebie Music, c 1993.

Lower Level, Media Collection:VIDEO 781.6296 B561T

A musical and dramatic one person show presenting the contributions of Afro-Americans to American music.

Chinese Instruments and Music [VHS tape], Sussex Tapes, Audio-Forum Recordings, 1992, c1983.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 780.951 C441C

Depicts various Chinese musicians and instruments, including a performance on the box zither. Also shows an instrument factory with master musicians playing examples of instrumental music, some on steel wires, some on silk strings, and some on reed instruments.

Village Life & Music in Hungary [VHS tape], Sussex Tapes, Audio-forum, c1992.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 780.9439 V711V

Gypsy musicians in a Hungarian city are contrasted with Hungarian village musicians who are seen performing folk songs, instrumental music and dances.

Ecstatic Circle [VHS tape], Sussex Tapes, Audio-Forum, c1992.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 780.956 Ec79E

Presents life in Istanbul, village folk dancing and music, and the ceremonial music and dance of the Dervish religion.

Isle of Temples [VHS tape], Sussex Video, c1973.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 780.959 Is4I

A film on the music & rituals of the Hindu temples that are the center of the Balinese village. The folksongs, orchestras and dance dramas of Bali are an integral part of life in this Indonesian island.

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa [3 VHS tapes], Multicultural Media, c1996.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.6296 J989J

v. 1. Egypt, Uganda, Senegal v. 2. The Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria  v. 3. Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas
[6 VHS tapes], Multicultural Media, c1995. 

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 781.599 J989J

v.1. Canada and the United States.  v. 2-3 The United States.  v. 4. The Caribbean.  v. 5-6 Central and South America.

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