Take a look at these databases of encyclopedias, dictionaries, companions, and guides to find general overviews, quick facts, dates, and events, and sources for further study.
Carlin, Richard. Folk. New York: Facts on File, 2006. Paley Reference ML102.F66C37 2006.
Jeffries, Stan, ed. Encyclopedia of World Pop Music, 1980-2001. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003. Paley Ref Stacks ML102.P66J44 2003.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Bruno Nettl and Ruth M. Stone, eds. New York : Garland Pub., 1998- Paley Ref ML100.G16 1998 (CD's are housed at the Circulation Desk in the Tuttleman Building.) Now also online!
Kaufmann, Walter. Selected Musical Terms of Non-Western Cultures: A Notebook-Glossary . Warren , MI : Harmonie Park Press, 1990. Paley Stacks ML133.D4 no.65
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Stanley Sadie, ed. New York : Grove's Dictionaries, 2001. Paley Ref Stacks ML100 .G884 2001, also available online.
Stambler, Irwin. Folk and Blues : The Encyclopedia. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2001. Paley Stacks ML102.F66S73 2001