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Musicology and Ethnomusicology

This guide supports musicology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies at the University of Melbourne. It includes guides to researching books, journals, music scores, sound recordings and video.

Search the Catalogue

  • To find books on a particular subject, perform a keyword search in the library catalogue.

For example: music history or Indigenous music

  • Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results so you may need to narrow your search by adding more words.

For example: music history analysis or Indigenous music Australia

  • Click on the hyperlinked subject descriptions within a catalogue record to find similar books.

For example, to find more books with the same description, click on: Music -- 19th century -- History and criticism
or Cultural Property - Repatriation

  • Browse the shelves or library catalogue at 780 to find books on music history and on individual composers.

For example:
Books on Musicology

780.9        Music History: Ancient times to 21st century
780.92      Works about individual composers
780.922    Books about a number of composers and their music

Books on Ethnomusicology

780.89       Ethnomusicology - General
781.7         Ethnomusicology - Principles, Composition, Techniques
780.994     Australian Music
781.64       Western Popular Music
784.19       Musical Instruments


Don't forget that you can have books sent from other branch libraries to your campus for pick-up.

Just click the Request button and follow the prompts.

Catalogue Search

Use the library catalogue to search for relevant books, printed versions of journals and newspapers etc.


Subject Headings

Useful Subject Headings

Subject Headings are used in our Catalogue to group similarly themed material, like tags. It can be useful to search for Subject Headings to find multiple results grouped by topic. Below are some useful headings, but more can be found by searching the catalogue, using a Subject Search. The Subject Headings listed below can be modified or truncated to include other types of resources, not just periodicals.

Subject Bibliographies

Book lists, compiled by experts, are invaluable publications, outlining the lists of writings on a topic, period, composer, etc, and often include critical annotations for each entry. A must for the start of any literature review or comprehensive research topic. Many are located in our Reference Collection or General Lending Collection. Some examples include :

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