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Background Information

Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Print Location: Burling Reference ML102.P66 G84 2006
Entries cover musicians, bands, movements, genres, and more.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Comprehensive online resource devoted to research on world music. Features overviews of various regions with a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Images and audio files are included. A print version with CDs is available at Burling reference.
Let Freedom Ring: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Print Location: Listening Room L5698 (CD and pamphlet) Resource contains audio
This sound recording is a compilation of songs that were central to the Civil Rights Movement. It includes a forty page pamphlet with commentaries, timeline, and photos.


Folk Music in America: A Reference Guide
Print Location: Reference ML128.F74 M5 1986
Biblographic guide to resources on folk music (published in 1986)

Folk Music Sourcebook
Print Location: Reference ML12 .S26 1989
Bibliographic guide to resources on the folk movement in the United States (published in 1989).


JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries--Disciplinary

Folk and Blues: The Encyclopedia
Print Location: Reference ML102.F66 S73 2001
This encyclopedia covers a range of artists, from the pioneers at the turn of the twentieth century to contemporary It contains interviews; extensive awards information; photos of the most important folk and blues artists of the twentieth century; and a comprehensive index of folk and blues music.
Rastafari and Reggae: A Dictionary and Sourcebook
Print Location: Reference BL2532.R37 M84 1990
Background, history, names, and events important to understanding the music and movement.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture
Print Location: Reference DK510.32 .E53x 2007
Covers Soviet culture from the period 1951-1991.

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.
RefWorks Guide
A basic help guide for RefWorks. Includes information on adding citations as well as links to other help documents regarding Write-n-Cite and creating annotated bibliographies
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.
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Keyword Phrases and Subject Headings
Subject Headings:
Jazz -- Political aspects -- United States
Music and race -- United States
Music-- Social aspects
Social Movements
Riot grrrl movement

You can add the name of city or country to most subject headings. You can also combine subject terms with key words)

Keywords and Keyword Phrases:
Folk Music
Rap Music
Hip Hop
Music and (politic* or power or movement* or protest)