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Ethnomusicology: Databases and Journals

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

Ethnomusicology Journals

Articles and Full Text Databases

Research databases will help locate reliable and scholarly content. Choose the "peer review" option when searching, if available.

Google Scholar Search

Use Google Scholar to determine how often a publication has been cited, indicating significance or value to the subject matter. Navigate to related titles. Find your title in a library near you.

Google Scholar Search

Scholarly vs. Popular Journals

Examples of scholarly, peer-reviewed journals in ethnomusicology are Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, and World of Music. Evaluate the quality of journal content by asking these questions.

  • Does the journal identify itself as “peer-reviewed”?
  • Is there an abstract or summary at the beginning of the article?
  • Does the article include a bibliography?
  • Are there in-text citations (e.g., parenthetical references, endnotes, or footnotes)?
  • Does the author use specialized language, relevant to the subject area?
  • What is the author's affiliation or credentials (e.g., is it with a college, university, or research organization)?
  • Who is the audience of the article? Is it written for fellow scholars in the field, for practitioners, or for a general/popular audience?
  • How many pages is the article? Is it substantial in length?
  • What kind of images does it contain? Scholarly journals tend to have few, and often contain charts, graphs, or data tables.
  • Does the journal title refer to an academic discipline or specialized field of study? Often the title will include words such as journal, research, or review.


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