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New York Times Historical (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Find reviews and contemporary news and analysis of artists and movements

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries--Disciplinary

Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PS153.N5 E53 2009
Hip Hop literature, also known as urban fiction or street lit, is the literary equivalent of Hip Hop music, fashion, and culture. This encyclopedia defines the world of Hip Hop literature. In 180 alphabetical entries this encyclopedia describes authors, genres, and works, as well as discusses musical artists, fashion designers, directors, and other figures who make up the context of Hip Hop literature.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Print Location: Burling Reference ML102.P66 G84 2006
Entries cover musicians, bands, movements, genres, and more.
Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture
Print Location: Reference ML102.R27 B96 2006
This encyclopedia examines all aspects of HIp Hop and Rap culture, providing  a complete history of the music genre.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Limit your searches to recorded music or visual material to find recordings and videos available in libraries throughout the world. You may be able to request recordings or videos we do not own through interlibrary loan or we may be able to find a copy to purchase for the library collection. Be sure to check with a librarian for assistance.

Biographical Information

Contemporary Musicians
Print Location: Reference ML 105 .C76x Restricted Resource
This is a biographical resource that covers musicians from all genres. Volumes for this set appear several times a year. Each volume includes an index for all the preceding volumes.

Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor ML394 .I26 2007

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Guide
A guide to MLA style and formatting created and maintained by Purdue University. Note APA and Chicago style and formatting details and for creating annotated bibliographies are also available.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style
This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.
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Guide to Finding Recordings and Videos
Finding Audio-Visual Material owned by Grinnell Collge Libraries
Billboard (in print in the library, some access through Google Books)

Downbeat (in print in library and microfilm)

Popular Music History (online access)

Rock & Rap Confidential (online)

Rolling Stone (print)

Rolling Stone (online through Ebscohost)

Source (online access)

Vibe (online site and through Lexis-Nexis)

Words.Beats.Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture 2009-

XXL (available through the library and online)
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