ABSTRACT

The following guides for research support literature searches in ethnomusicology and instruct users on methods and processes for research. Guides play an important role in the early stages of in-depth study, but they are also useful for consultation throughout a sequence that takes researchers from preliminary research to project completion. Research guides typically introduce disciplinary literature in organized annotated bibliographic lists or series of essays. While guides and standard bibliographies both provide lists of resources, the guides in this chapter are distinguished from many bibliographies by their instructional character. They direct researchers, and not only lead them to specifi c resources, but inform them about the variety and types of resources that may help them as they move forward in their quest for information. Printed and online materials help researchers navigate the complex web of information; some of the most useful also explain theoretical foundations and the research practices and methodologies for the discipline. In ethnomusicology, even the preliminary search for literature is a complex task, since the most common research journey involves exploring literature in anthropology or other social sciences, language, religion or other subjects in the humanities, music and other arts, including dance and theater. In addition, scholarship and other forms of disciplinary production involve a variety of experiences that may range from library research to fi eldwork activities, musical analyses to musical performance. Ideally, the research process is a carefully constructed journey from idea to resource, from written proposal to fi eld site, from experience in the fi eld to integrating fi eld data with other sources, to a fi nal product.