MUAR 392 - Popular Music after 1945

Liaison librarians

  • Cynthia.Leive [at] (Email) 514-398-4694
  • Cathy.Martin [at] (Email) 514-398-5874
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Get an overview

  • The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
    Biographical information
    REF ML102 P66 G84 1995
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
    Vols. 1 & 2 are topic-based, Vols. 3-7 are arranged geographically
    REF ML102 P66 C66 2003
    (Vols. 1 & 2 are also available online)
  • Grove Music Online
    The most important English-language encyclopedia of Western music traditions, it includes substantial popular music articles drawn from 2 component parts, the Grove Dictionary of American Music and the Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
  • Wikipedia
    Wikipedia has the advantage of being up to the minute and, thanks to the popularity of "popular" music, providing ample information about personalities and bands. Entries can contain errors and lack cohesiveness and intellectual depth. Verify any information found here with 1 or 2 other reliable resources.

Find recordings

Consult the Music Library's "How to find recordings" guide for complete information.

Literature search I: catalogue

Placing music in a cultural context

The following tips will work in both the McGill WorldCat catalogue and the Classic catalogue.

Finding cultural context

Books from the Twentieth-Century American Culture series can provide a general introduction to cultural life in the United States decade by decade.

Titles with the following relevant subject headings will have broader geographical coverage:

Bringing music and cultural context together

Search the catalogue by...


Artist or band name

Bing Crosby
Joni Mitchell
Pink Floyd


Punk rock music
Rock music
Folk music
Rap (music)

Political or historical event or ethnic community AND music Vietnam war AND music
Civil rights AND music
African Americans AND music
Broad subject

“Popular music”
“Music and race”
“Women rock musicians”
“Music and technology”
"Protest music"

Tag on a relevant subject subheading

"History and criticism"
“Social aspects"
“Political aspects”
“Criticism and interpretation”
e.g., Popular music - social aspects

Music - political aspects

Literature search II: databases

Music-specific databases

Multi-disciplinary databases

Newspaper coverage:

Consult McGill Library's Newspaper Guide to access more specific newspaper databases.

Citing your sources:

Links to citation guides for various styles may be found on the Library's Citation guides page. The Music Library has prepared a guide specifically for citing music resources in Chicago Style.

Other relevant subject guides


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