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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. 

  • Academic Search Complete: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 14,000 journals, including more than 7,800 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 an interdisciplinary database that contains articles written for students. These articles tend to focus on controversial issues and present both sides of the debate:

  • 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

 

 FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

  • 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
  • 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

 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: 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: MLA style generally is used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: APA style generally is 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!

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