Writing your music app 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:
· Who is the author? Is the author a credentialed expert on the subject? Who is the publisher? Is the publishing company a recognized academic publisher? Is the journal "peer reviewed," meaning other experts evaluate the article before it is published? A book written by your music professor on music would be authoritative while her book on fashion forward footwear would not. Oxford University Press is acceptable while Mid-town Middle School Journalism Department is not. (Authoritative) An article in a newspaper or on a general website is not peer reviewed, so check the journal or use the databases linked from here to ensure the journal articles are peer reviewed.
· Is this accurate? Is there evidence of bias? Does the author fail to support the premise with facts and appropriate research? Do other experts agree with this author? Is there a financial incentive for the conclusion?
· Is this current? Does this represent the latest findings in this subject area? Note: Some topics require very current analysis, such as public policy, while others, such as ancient history, might not.
The following databases and websites are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section found on the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to the distance learning members of our community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in our collection through the online catalog, accessible from the library home page.
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. It is available in the PHC collection at 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. Is available in the PHC collection at 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.