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Ethnomusicology: Searching the Catalog

Use these resources to get a jump start on your research in ethnomusicology and world music.

One Search: Discovery articles, books, media, ebooks, all at once

Searching tips

Truncation: when using keywords, use the root form of the word with an asterisk at the end. This retrieves material with the term and spelling variations. 

  • ethnomusicolog* ethno*
  • music*
  • women*
  • politic*
  • identi*
  • Indian*
  • Africa*
  • soci* (e.g. social or society)

Combine keywords using boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, to  hone your search.

CBBcat Example: Brazil* AND music* AND (popular OR indie OR folk)

OneSearch Example: Brazil* AND music* AND (popular OR indie OR folk)

Search CBBcat: Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Libraries' Catalog


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Subject Headings in the Online Catalog

Use linked subject headings in the catalog record to navigate to relevant material. See examples below.

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk music -- (name of country)
  • Gender identity in music
  • Music -- social aspects
  • Music -- political aspects
  • Music -- (name of country, continent)
  • Music and war
  • Popular music -- (name of country)
  • Popular music -- political aspects
  • Women in music
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