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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Fine Arts and Music Collection:  Provides more than 150 full-text journals that will provide support for research in the area of music as well as other arts

 You might also take a look at interdisciplinary databases that contain articles written for students. These articles tend to focus on controversial issues and present both sides of the debate:

  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate, such as freedom of speech or downloading music, and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects, such as censorship or freedom of expression

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Music M
Literature on music ML
Instruction and study MT

You also might try these reference books:

  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: A 29-volume set of articles on composers, music history, styles, terms, and major works that includes an index and appendix Ref ML 100 .N48 2002
  • Oxford Companion to Music: Presents more than 8000 entries on composers, musical forms and styles, and definitions of music terms Ref ML 100 .S37 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music: An eight-volume set that offers information on popular musicians and includes a list of selected fanzines, an index, and a quick reference guide Ref ML 102 .P66 G84 1998
  • Penguin Guide to CDs and DVDs: A survey of key classical recordings on CD and audio DVD that explains the significance of particular works to creating a collection Ref ML 156 .9 .M373 2003
  • New Grove Dictionary of Jazz: A three-volume set of alphabetized entries on major figures in jazz, including bibliographies and lists of selected works Ref ML 102. J3 N48 2001
  • A New History of Jazz: A detailed history of jazz music that covers precursors of jazz and progresses to analyses of postmodern jazz Ref ML 3506 .S47 2001

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • American Music Center: Provides information and resources for musicians, including an online radio station and a searchable databases of AMC's online library.
  • 8notes: Presents downloadable sheet music and lessons, organized by instrument or genre, and information on music theory and a glossary
  • Allmusic: A searchable database of information on recorded music, including biographies, discographies, and reviews by music editors
  • ClassicalNet: Offers biographical information on composers, reviews, and links to other websites related to music
  • Muse’s Muse: Provides news stories related to music, reviews of CDs and books, and information on songwriting for beginners and professionals
  • National Geographic World Music: Offers video clips, podcasts, a glossary of world music terms, and newsletter discussing music from around the world
  • Black Grooves: Hosted by the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University, offering monthly reviews on recordings in a wide range of music genres from classical to hip hop

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Rolling Stone

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF]  It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF]The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Jul 16, 2009 (Updated Aug 13, 2013)


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