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Ethnomusicology and World Music: Library Catalogs

Finding Resources in the Library

Books, videos, music and other resources can be borrowed from Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, and libraries in the Northeast and beyond.
Search boxes for the various catalogs are available on this page.

Because of the cross-disciplinary nature of ethnomusicology you should be creative with your searches and try alternate terms and subject headings.  Some terms you may want to try:

folk music
national music
sound and anthropology
world music
aural culture
music and (country or region of study)
music acoustics
music and sociology
traditional music
ethnic music


Often great resources can be found by browsing the shelves in the H-L or Music Library.  Books published before 2009 can be found in the Hubbard stacks, 1st floor; books published from 2009-2010 are available in the Music Library
For books on:

     browse: ML3797.6-ML3799
Music of regions and countries,
     browse: ML3545--,
Physiological aspects of music,
     browse: ML3916--ML3918


Collections of scores of national and ethnic music can be found in the Music Library.
Browse: M1668-1846, these are arranged by country or region


Sound Recordings
CDs and LPs of ethnographic recordings can be found in the Music Library CD cabinets and LP shelves under the call numbers beginning with "Ethno" or "US-Ethno"
There are also large collections of online recordings available; these cannot be found in the catalog.

Search for Sound Recordings

Library Catalogs

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Guide to the Catalogs

Bowdoin Catalog-Search for print and electronic resources at Bowdoin College.

CBBcat-Search for resources at Colby, Bates and Bowdoin.

MaineCat--Search for resources at Maine public libraries and private and public colleges and universities; submit borrowing requests. 

WorldCat--Search for resources in many formats at libraries and institutions around the world; materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through ILL at the discretion of the lender.