This guide provides research tips and selected resources for studies in music

Popular Music Studies Research

Popular Music Studies research is not always straightforward, and may involve seeking out information from non-traditional sources. The following UAL Subject Guides may be helpful:

Essential Popular Music Studies Resources

Many sources of information for popular cultural studies are short-lived, i.e. a magazine or journal may only be published for a limited period of years. Older content may not be valuable for historical perspectives


The following list of critical and popular magazines are available either through a print or electronic library subscription. Although they would not be considered "scholarly", the content can be critical, and is very often is one of the few places one can find current information relevant to cultural studies research:

(Note Rolling Stone is also available on PressReader)


Below are some resources available on the internet. If you are unable to freely access the content, please email the music librarian to investigate whether we can find another way to access it.

Library Databases

  • Journal and ebook database platforms differ from each other in the way they organize and describe their content. Although "Music" is commonly listed as a subject, sometimes you have to look for other headings such as:

    • Arts
    • Fine Arts
    • Arts & Culture
    • NB: Bloomsbury Collection database has a collection called Music & Sound Studies--which has a lot of content on popular music
  • Most platforms will also have an advanced search option where you can search by keyword or topic. Explore such terms as:

    • popular studies (or popular culture)
    • rock (or pop, or hip hop, etc...)


Databases for Journals and Ebooks