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Resources for Popular Music Studies

Please keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive; it is intended to be a helpful starting point for your research, particularly highlighting resources which are available via the libraries of Texas State University.


When browsing the Music Library’s stacks for popular music scores ("sheet music"), see these areas:

  •  M 1503 (complete songs [vocal score] from a musical)  
  •  M 1507 (song collections from various musicals)
  •  M 1508 (selected songs from a musical)
  •  M 1630.18 (popular music songbooks)
  •  M 1627–1853 (folk, national, and ethnic musics)

Reference Sources for Popular Music

Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (2013: Scarecrow)
ML 156.4 .P6 S87 2013 v.1-2 (Music Reference)
also available online

Encyclopedia of Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Groups (2002: Scarecrow)
ML 102 .P66 R67 2002 (Music Reference)

Find that Tune: An Index to Rock Folk-Rock Disco & Soul in Collections (1984: Neal-Schuman)
ML 128 .R6 F56 1984 (Music Reference)

The Great Song Thesaurus (1984: Oxford U)
ML 128 .S3 L4 1984 (Music Reference)         

Historical Dictionary of Popular Music (2017: Rowman & Littlefield)
ML 102 .P66 A25 2017 (Music Reference)

International Who’s Who in Popular Music (last received: 2009: Routledge)
ML 105 .I58 2009 (Music Reference)

SongCite: An Index to Popular Songs (1995: Garland; suppl. from 1999)
ML 128 .P63 G65 1995 (Music Reference)
ML 128 .P63 G65 1995 Suppl. (Music Reference)

Where’s that Tune?: An Index to Songs in Fakebooks (1990: Scarecrow)
ML 128 .P63 G66 1990 (Music Reference)

Who’s New Wave in Music: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1976-1982 (The First Wave) (1985: Pierian Press)
ML 12 .W5 1985 (Music Reference)