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Music: Course Guides: Popular Music


   Brabazon, Tara. 

   Popular music: topics, trends & trajectories.

   Los Angeles: Sage, 2012.

   Call number: Music 781.64 B79  




    Frith, Simon, Will Straw, and John Street.

   The Cambridge companion to pop and rock.

   New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

   Call number: Music 781.64 C17 F91 & ebook




   Longhurst, Brian.

   Popular music and society.

   Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2007.

   Call number: Music 781.64 L85 p8




   McQuinn, Julie. 

    Popular music and multimedia.

   Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.

   Call number: Music 781.64154 P83 M




    Middleton, Richard.

    Reading pop: approaches to textual analysis in popular music.

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

    Call number: Music 781.64 R287 M6




    Mitchell, Tony.

    Popular music and local identity: rock, pop, and rap in Europe and Oceania.

    London: Leicester University Press, 1996.

    Call number: Music 781.63 M68 p8




    Moore, Allan F.

    Analyzing popular music.

    Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

    Call number: Music 781.64 A53 M8  & ebook




    Starr, Larry, and Christopher Alan Waterman.

    American popular music: the rock years.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

    Call number: Music 781.660973 S79




    Whiteley, Sheila, Andy Bennett, and Stan Hawkins.

    Music, space and place: popular music and cultural identity

    Aldershot, Hants, England: Ashgate, 2004.

    Call number: Music 781.6409 M98 W59



Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


Online access Print@ Music Collection, 1/F Main Library Old Wing (Library Use Only)

Grove Music Online

comprises New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001), New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992) and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002), which provide scholarly articles and biographies. These are considered the most authoritative reference materials for its full-text scholarly writings and bibliographies.



 New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001)
 29 volumes
 Call number: MuR 780.3 G88
 Location: Reference Collection
 New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002)
 Call number: MuR 781.6503 N532 k
 3 volumes
 Location: Reference Collection 


The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music provides full-length scholarly articles of the following continents.

            Volume 1 Africa 

            Volume 2 South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

            Volume 3 The United States and Canada

            Volume 4 Southeast Asia

            Volume 5 South Asia: the Indian subcontinent

            Volume 6 The Middle East

            Volume 7 East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea

            Volume 8 Europe

            Volume 9 Australia and the Pacific Islands

            Volume 10 The world's music: general perspectives and reference tools

Call number: MuR 780.9 G23 N4

Location: Reference Collection

For the accompanying CDs of musical examples, search at Find@HKUL


Encyclopedia of Popular Music features topics of jazz, rap and techno. Entries of biographies and groups include record labels, release dates and a 5-star album rating system for reference.

Call number: MuR 781.6403 E56

10 volumes 

Location: Reference Collection

Online databases

Music Periodicals Database


Content coverage

How to get full-text

articles and citations?


  • Scholarly full-text articles
  • 1st choice, if looking for popular music or world music
  • You can search and browse the contents of a specific journal, e.g. The Journal of the American Musicological Society (1948- ).



  • Click on the following icons on result pages for full-text articles.
  • Below icon allows you to choose your desired citation styles, e.g. Chicago or APA.      


Year coverage: 1874-present

allows you to track down full-text articles at HKU Libraries


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Online


Content coverage

How to get full text

articles and citations?


  • Features citations, abstracts, scholarly articles, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and reviews.
  • Languages include English, European and others


  • You can also search a specific journal. Type a journal title in the box of Publication. All results related to the journal will be displayed in result pages.






Click on the following icons on result pages for full-text articles.     


Below icon leads you to choose your desired citation styles, e.g. Chicago or APA.      

Year coverage: 1967-present  

 allows you to track down full-text articles at HKU Libraries


Music Index Online


Content coverage

How to get full-text

articles and citations?


  • Contains full-text articles, book reviews, obituaries and magazines
  • Good for non-scholarly articles 













Click on the following icons on result pages for full-text articles.    



Below icon leads you to choose your desired citation styles, e.g. Chicago or APA.      

Year coverage: 1970-present

 allows you to track down full-text articles at HKU Libraries


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Online and Music Index Online are provided by the same vendor. You can search these two databases simultaneously.

The route: Choose Databases > Select either one > OK


   Asian music "is publishing all aspects of the performing arts of Asia and their cultural context." 

   ~ Print: v.1 (1969)-v.21 (1990) v.22 (1991)-v.36 (2005); v.37, no.1 (2006); v.38 (2007)-Summer- Fall 2014 v.45                   no.2 

   ~ Online: via IIMP FullText Vol. 34, no. 1 (fall 2002/winter 2003)-v.37, no. 2 (summer-fall 2006); v.39, no.1                            (winter-spring 2008) Delay 12 months

                  via JSTOR v.1 (1968) up to 5 years back from latest issue published via ProQuest  v.34, no.1 (fall                                                        2002/2003) Delay 1 year


   Ethno-musicology “features scholarly articles representing theoretical perspectives and research in ethnomusicology and related fields,    as well as book, sound recording, film, video, and multimedia reviews.”



    ~ Print: v.1 (1953) –


    ~ Online: via ProQuest v.42, no.2 (1998)-v.45, no.3 (2001)


                   via IIMP FullText v.42, no.3 (fall 1998)-v.47, no. 3 (fall 2003)


      via JSTOR v.1 (1953) up to 4 years back from latest issue published



   Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS) “covers from historical musicology, critical theory, music analysis, iconography    and organology, to performance practice, aesthetics and hermeneutics, ethnomusicology, gender and sexuality, popular music and    cultural studies.”

   ~ Print: v.1 (1948)- v.54 (2001); v.56 (2003)-v.60 (2007)

   ~ Online: via JSTOR v.1 (1948)-

                   via ProQuest v.54, no.3 (2001)-v.65, no.3 (2012)

                                                   via IIMP FullText Vol.1, no.1 (spring 1948)-v.48, no.3 (fall 1995); v.54, no.3 (fall 2001)-v.65, no.3 (fall 2012)


   Journal of Popular Music Studies “features work on popular music in its historical, cultural, aesthetic, and political registers. The journal is    also concerned with such issues as popular music’s intersections with other arts, its relationships with old and new media, and its status    as a field of research and critical writing.”

   ~ Print: v.14 (2002); v.15, no.2 (2002)-v.20 (2008)

   ~ Online: v.21 (2009)-




   Popular music "is an international multi-disciplinary journal covering all aspects of the subject - from the formation of social group    identities through popular music, to the workings of the global music industry, to how particular pieces of music are put together. The    journal includes all  kinds of popular music, whether rap or rai, jazz or rock, from any historical era and any geographical location."

   ~ Print: v.1 (1981)-v.6 (1987); v.10 (1991)-v.27 (2008)

   ~ Online: via Cambridge Journals Online v.19, no.1 (Jan 2000)-

                                                via JSTOR v.1 (1981) up to 5 years back from latest issue published

                                                via IIMP FullText v.20 (2001)-

                                                via ProQuest v.20, no.1 (2001)- Delay 1 year


Popular music history "publishes original historical and historiographical research that draws on the wide range of disciplines and intellectual trajectories that have contributed to the establishment of popular music studies as a recognized academic enterprise."

~ Online: via v.1, no.1 (April 2004) - Delay 3 months


Popular Musicology Online (PMO) "is a refereed academic journal with an international advisory panel of leading popular musicologists. Intended for all scholars of popular music, whatever their discipline, PMO offers its readers a stimulating window on some of the most pioneering work taking place in the fastest growing area of music research."

~ Online: via Open access journal


   Popular music and society "covers music of any genre, time period, or geographic location and use any methodology or approach."

   ~ Print: v.20, no.3 (1996)-v.29 (2006); v.30, no.3 (2007)-v.30, no.5 (2007); v.31, no.2 (2008)-v.31, no.5 (2008)

   ~ Online: via ProQuest v.20, no.4 (1996)-v.30, no.5 (2007)

                   via Academic Premier v.20, no.4 (winter 1996) - Delay 6 months

                   via IIMP FullText v.20, no.4 (winter 1996)-v.30, no.5 (Dec. 2007)

                                                via Taylor & Francis ejournals v.1 (1971)-v.31 (2008)

                                                via Factiva Jan. 1997-Apr. 2000



Wisenews provides full-text newspaper clippings of music events and performances in Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland China since 1998, in English and Chinese.  
ProQuest newspapers. International newsstand is a collection of more than 700 of the world's top newspapers and wire feeds.


Theses & Dissertations

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I (since 1861) is the most comprehensive source of its kind. It offers abstracts, citations and 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

Digital Dissertation Consortium (since 2001) provides abstracts, citations and full-text dissertations.

Listening and Viewing Online

Naxos Music Library has classical music, historical recordings, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music.

Contemporary world music highlights the sounds of all regions from every continent.

Jazz music library features albums of jazz artists and ensembles.

How to cite your sources

When you cite resources properly, readers can follow your thoughts and your meticulous research work is shown as well. There are some citation styles and you may wish to seek your professor’s preference before getting started. Once you have chosen a style, it is important to be consistent.


    The MLA style manual. 
   Call number: 808.027 A17
   Location: Main Library
  An online version is here for quick reference. 




How to cite Videos and YouTube in MLA style (from Colorado State University Morgan Library)  




   The Chicago Manual of Style, 16thed.

   Call number: MuR 808.0270973 C53


   For an online version, the Quick Guide features two basic documentation systems:
   1. notes & bibliography
   2. author-date.





   Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6thed.

   Call number: MuR 808.06615 P9 

   An online version is here for quick reference.