To get an overview of a global music topic, try the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online. It gives background information, bibliographies, and audio samples.
Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide is an annotated bibliography of books, recordings, videos, and websites in the field of ethnomusicology.
Books in the Global Music Series from Oxford University Press introduce the music of particular countries or regions. Each comes with a CD of music examples.
Note: The term "world music" is often (but not always) reserved for pop music that combines musical traditions from around the world with elements of jazz and rock
|360||Australia and Oceania|
|199, 230-239||South America|
When searching the library catalog, try the following strategies, where applicable:
Articles about the music of a particular culture can often be found in indexes that are not narrowly focused on music. Here are some music indexes, and also some non-musical ones.