Welcome to a guide to research customized for the University of Minnesota Choral Conducting Studio! This guide includes suggestions of strategies and resources to help you get started with research on analysis, for writing program notes, for exploring reception history, and more.
This guide is broken up by the types of research tasks that you might be interested in (e.g., finding streaming recordings or locating resources for analysis). Use the tabs (located on the left side of the screen in a desktop browser, or at the very top or bottom of the page on a mobile device) to explore these different research tasks.
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Questions? Need help?
This guide is made up of lists of suggestions and general resources. Need help finding something more specific? Contact Music Librarian Jessica Abbazio (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Music Library staff (email@example.com).
First thing's first: Why are library research skills important?
Because finding relevant and trustworthy sources will help you to understand your topic – and it will make it easier to talk/write about it.
Finding relevant and trustworthy sources on whatever you're researching – as opposed to Wikipedia or the first few results for a Google search – will make it easier to get started with exploring and writing about your topic. Wikipedia is an easy place to start, but it may not give you all the information you need. Diving into scholarly and peer-reviewed sources like the ones you’ll find through the Libraries is a great way to locate detailed information you can trust.
Gathering sources that are on-target for your topic will help you gain a thorough understanding of what you’d like to write about. This will make it easier to get started!