This guide will walk you through the steps of searching for sources that you can use for your MUS 1914W research. The tabs on the left side menu will walk you through the process, step-by-step: from deciding on a topic to gathering sources, to creating citations, you can use the resources and links here to find and use relevant University Libraries materials.
The University Libraries also offers many helpful tools for organizing your research and writing:
- Assignment Calculator: Enter in the due date for your research project (paper, speech, lab report) and get a suggested time-line for completing your project on time plus links to the resources on campus that will help you succeed in each step.
- Citation Management with Zotero: This free, web-based bibliographic citation software was developed for Firefox browsers and is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. For help getting started, check out Zotero's brief tutorial videos.
Need a little more help getting started? Visit the University Libraries' tutorial page for more helpful tools or sign up for a free workshop to learn about new resources or develop some new skills!
Questions? Need help? If you’d like any feedback about the sources you find, or suggestions of tools or strategies you can use to find additional sources, contact Jessica Abbazio, Music Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Vetruba, European Studies Librarian, at email@example.com.
Fall 2022 MUS 1914W Intro to Library Research overview (Google Slides)
What's in the Music Library?
We focus on Western classical music and world music, and we have thousands of items you can use for music-related research:
- Books: We have books that you can borrow in print or view online, reference materials that normally stay in the library for everyone to use, and some non-circulating books that are rare and/or fragile.
- Journals: The Music Library offers print and digital access to many different music-specific journals. Visit our Current Periodicals and Bound Periodicals sections to browse in person, or use the University Libraries catalog to search our digital subscriptions.
- Scores: We offer access to thousands of scores for every kind of ensemble - full orchestras to solo performers. We also lend parts for chamber music (groups up to about 10-12 members), but unfortunately don't offer parts for larger ensembles.
- Recordings: Borrow from our collections of over 30,000 recordings - CDs, DVDs, LPs, and more. Most of our audio and video recordings circulate for a period of seven days, but not all materials can leave the library. Check with our staff about what you can check out and take home!
- Special collections and other materials: The Music Library offers some materials on microfilm, as well as other materials that require special handling. You're welcome to use any of these resources, and our Music Library staff will be happy to help you get started.
The Music Library also has some materials on popular music, including scholarly books on popular artists. If you are interested in beginner's guides to learning an instrument, we suggest checking your local public library or searching through interlibrary loan. Please don't hesitate to contact the Music Library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our holdings and how to access these materials.