Welcome to the Popular Music LibGuide, your library portal to a wealth of information about rock, jazz, hip hop, country, and other popular music styles. If you don't see your music style or subject here, check the following other guides:
This LibGuide is a work in progress, and I'm always on the lookout for new resources. If you have suggestions for books, journals, internet sources, or other research materials, or have ideas for improving the LibGuide experience, please email me (jvasche [at] sfsu.edu) and let me know!
Writing about Music - Guides
Liner Notes - Sources
Liner notes can be a very useful resource in your music research. Often filled with performance notes, historical background, and notes on performers and composers.
Search and Citation Tools
LibX is a FireFox (web browser) plug-in that allows you to search for items in ourLibrary collections from any web page. It allows you to search for books, articles, and other kinds of research resources in InvestiGator, Google Scholar, WorldCat and elsewhere right from the webpage where you found it (like Amazon, Google and Yahoo, Worldcat, etc.).
Zotero is a FireFox (web browser) plug-in that allows you to collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.
Popular Music Databases and Research Tools
Go here for the list of databases suggested for Popular Music. Notice that there are also subcategories for Classical Music, Music Education, and World Music.
More Popular Music Resources on the WWW
Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 to Monday, Dec 31, 2012: Research Fellowships at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Rock and Popular Music Institute at Case Western Reserve University, in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Cuyahoga Community College, announces the availability of research fellowships.