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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.

Tips for finding articles


Online Databases:

  • Discovery cross-searches a large number of databases. Use the Advanced Search for the best results.
  • Proquest Central is similar to Discovery, searching across multiple databases.
  • Google Scholar is a convenient search tool but you need to set up your Google Scholar preferences to search effectively. When linked, Google Scholar will display Find It@UniMelb links next to articles that are available online. 

 The most relevant subject-specific databases and journals are listed below.  


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Key Journals - Popular Music

Journals are continuous publications issued regularly (daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly), and are the standard for scholarly communication. They can be published in print, microform and electronic formats.

Our collections include many journals relevant to the study of Popular Music.  General musicology and ethnomusicology journals also include articles on Popular Music. Refer to the Key Journals in these tabs above.

The list below is in no way exhaustive, and more can be found by searching in our catalogue, or databases. Other online popular music journals can be found by performing a keyword search for "popular music" in the library catalogue and limiting the search to 'online journals.' 

For comprehensive tips on searching for journal articles, please visit the Research Essentials guide. 

Key Databases - Popular Music

Databases aggregate content from many journal titles, and can be an excellent place to conduct your search. Databases like Google Scholar or Discovery, do not focus on a specific topic, and can return quite broad search results. The discipline specific databases listed below, will be much more likely to return relevant results for the study of Musicology.

The list below is in no way exhaustive, and more can be found by searching in our catalogue, or databases

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