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Resources on American Roots Music, MUH 3053: Finding books and articles

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Frequently Used Resources (in order of relevance)

Books on styles/genres

The Allen Music Library has a wealth of resources on music of all types -- not just the usual western composers like Bach and Beethoven. If you need book-length information about a genre/style, here are some starting points:

  • Use a subject search instead of the "anywhere" or "keyword" search if you know the name of the genre or of a particular musician. For example, books about the blues legend Robert Johnson are best found with a subject search for Johnson, Robert (and in this case, limited to the Allen Music Library.
  • Need some concrete examples?


Your music librarian's dad and family friends at a house jam in the early 1970s.




Books and articles


Finding journal articles on these topics (using Old-time music as an example):

House jam in the 1940s or 1950s. Your music librarian's uncle on fiddle and his cousin on banjo.

I've got the title of an article, now what?

Once you have a citation, now what?

Sometimes the full text is linked through the database/indexing resource:‚Äč









But not always. What happens when we click on the FindIt@FSU link?







For whatever reason, this page didn't load. Click on the "open the page in a new window link" and that will usually resolve the problem.


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