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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Best place to start research in world music. Each entry includes an overview of a region with a survey of its musical heritage and accompanying audio examples.
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Listen to the entire Smithsonian Folkways collection along with partner archives; includes original liner notes. Search or browse by geographic area, musical instrument, or cultural group.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Best for scholarly journals and articles, book chapters, dissertations, and foreign-language materials; best coverage for musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory.
Best for articles on popular music, music education, jazz, and performance; also includes some foreign-language material.
Music Periodicals Database (ProQuest)
Best for articles on popular music and performance.