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Kendrick Lamar: A Resource Guide

Researching Kendrick Lamar

To learn more about doing research at the Library of Congress, visit the "Using the Library of Congress" section of this guide.Topics include how to get a Reader Identification Card, how to use our Ask a Librarian service, and access to the Library's 21 research centers.

To fully explore the interdisciplinary and multi-format resources available at the Library related to Kendrick Lamar, you may wish to visit multiple reading rooms to include Main Reading Room, Motion Picture/TV Reading Room, and Recorded Sound Research Center. For a full list of reading room hours and locations, please see

You may also wish to search the Library's publicly available Copyright Catalog which contains records for works registered for copyright from 1978 to present. The Copyright Catalog contains numerous entries for "Kendrick Lamar" and "Duckworth, Kendrick" along with entries for other pseudonyms. This resources may be particularly useful to researchers interested in finding rights and permissions information, exploring song variants such as remixes, and discovering other artists and organizations who have either collaborated on or are associated with particular works by Kendrick Lamar.

For targeted assistance with research on Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop, popular culture, and interdisciplinary research topics, please use our Ask A Librarian service.

Browse Resources in the Library's Online Catalog

To explore materials on Kendrick Lamar in the Library of Congress Online Catalog select any of the linked subject headings listed below. You may also conduct searches in the Library's catalog by title, author, call numbers, search terms, and other search options. The Library's online catalog provides access to 17 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library's collections.

Exploring the Library's Electronic Resources

The Library of Congress provides two online tools for locating articles in journals and other full-text electronic resources.

  • Use the E-Resources Online Catalog to access both licensed and free resources recommended by our reference staff.
  • Use our webscale discovery tool, Primo Central, to conduct a single search for articles and ebooks in selected subscription and free resources.

Find scholarly resources on Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop, and other related topics of interest by trying the search tips below:

  • To begin identifying journal articles and other electronic resources from interdisciplinary sources, use Primo Central
    -- Select Advanced Search
    -- Try the suggested combination keywords such as "Kendrick Lamar" AND "influence" OR "analysis" OR "biography" or the particular sub-topic you are interested in
    -- Set pre-search parameters such as publication date, material type, and language, then further refine your results by selecting full-text, peer-reviewed, resource type (newspaper articles, dissertations, journal articles etc) and a number of other facets to filter your results to reflect your needs.

Please note: Primo Central was used to conduct interdisciplinary research and locate many of the resources listed in the Journals & Databases sub-section of this reference guide and is particularly useful for getting started on popular culture topics and other topics explored across disciplines.