In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to ebooks, print books in the on-campus collection, and journal articles from both general and subject specific databases. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be. For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.
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Writing your music appreciation research paper?
Professors require that college level research projects are supported by scholarly sources. How do you know a source is scholarly? Ask yourself the following questions:
In choosing resources for your research paper, the professor has suggested the following resource guidelines:
Note: If your research requires a score and you are unable to locate one either through an internet source or Interlibrary Loan, please contact your professor.
The PHC on campus collection includes quite a few resources that can be accessed through the online catalog. You may choose a keyword search or title search. If you choose to browse the shelves, music resources are located in the M section of the LOC classification system. Pertinent items in the collection include:
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is a definitive source for comprehensive and detailed descriptions of composers, musicians, musical styles, and periods. Ref ML100 .N48
Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music provides an overview of various musicians, musical styles, and periods and is a good place to gather information as you select or narrow your research topic. Ref ML 100 .R28.
Turabian (Chicago Manual of Style) is the approved citation format for this course. Information on proper Turabian citation is available in the PHC collection or online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).
Created and updated: Dr. Kristina Tanner/Thornhill, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020.