Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Guide to Academic Writing...
Music Library and Research Skills by
Publication Date: 2016-10-17
Concise and engaging, this text covers a wide range of reference sources for research in all genres of music. Through this practical introduction to the key concepts of music research, students will develop a firm understanding of the tools used to gather data, including what types of sourcesexist, how they are arranged, and how they may best be used to do research.
A Guide to Library Research in Music by
Publication Date: 2008-09-18
"A Guide to Library Research in Music introduces the process and techniques for researching and writing about music. This informative textbook provides examples of different types of writing, offers a thorough introduction to music literature, describes various information-searching methods and library-based organizational systems, and explores the wide array of music resources."--BOOK JACKET.
Introduction to Research in Music by
Publication Date: 2000-10-18
Designed to show what research and writing skills can do for any musician, this unique single-source reference features a discussion of musical research, bibliographic tools, guides to print and electronic resources for research, specific research skills, discussion of the process of writing and editing a research paper on a musical topic, and analysis of an article from a musicological journal. The focus is on both music literature (books and writings about music) and music (scores, collected sets, thematic catalogues), and all lists of print or electronic resources always include areas like jazz, popular music, computer music, etc. Musicological Research. Print Resources for Research about Music. Print Resources for Locating Music. Electronic Resources for Research (CD-ROM, Web sites, etc.). History of Notation, Publishing, and Printing. Planning a Paper. Writing the Paper. Format and Style. Sample Article and Discussion. For musicians.
Sourcebook for Research in Music, Third Edition by
Publication Date: 2015-06-01
Since it was first published in 1993, the Sourcebook for Research in Music has become an invaluable resource in musical scholarship. The balance between depth of content and brevity of format makes it ideal for use as a textbook for students, a reference work for faculty and professional musicians, and as an aid for librarians. The introductory chapter includes a comprehensive list of bibliographical terms with definitions; bibliographic terms in German, French, and Italian; and the plan of the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal music classification systems. Integrating helpful commentary to instruct the reader on the scope and usefulness of specific items, this updated and expanded edition accounts for the rapid growth in new editions of standard works, in fields such as ethnomusicology, performance practice, women in music, popular music, education, business, and music technology. These enhancements to its already extensive bibliographies ensures that the Sourcebook will continue to be an indispensable reference for years to come.
Music Research by
Publication Date: 2012-07-24
Music Research: A Handbook is designed for use in both undergraduate and graduate music courses that require students to engage in library research or to write research papers. Concise and practical, this unique handbook does not aim to provide an exhaustive introduction to music research;rather, it is highly selective and helps students navigate the most significant English-language research tools and resources; reference titles in major areas; and the principal sources in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.OrganizationThe book's first section (Chapters 1-13) is organized by type of research tool-for example, encyclopedias, periodical indexes, and discographies. Each chapter in this section includes an overview of the tool it covers; an annotated bibliography that describes the tool's purpose, scope, strengths,and weaknesses; and an evaluation checklist that encourages students to think critically about the tools and materials they discover as they do research. The second section (Chapters 14-15) discusses style manuals and various resources for writing about music and citing sources. Methods forevaluating reference and research tools are emphasized throughout the book.Companion WebsiteA companion website (a href="http://www.us.oup.com/us/companion.websites/9780195171198/?view=usa"www.oup.com/us/musresearch/a) includes all the links cited in the text as well as supplemental links not cited; updates to bibliographies and readings; and lists of the research tools in the text, coremusic journals, and major professional music associations.
On Writing Methods
Writing about Music by
Publication Date: 2007-12-29
Helping users write clear, convincing, persuasive prose on musical topics, this practical guide focuses on general writing issues as well as special challenges of writing about music-with clear, step-by-step explanations of the process of writing a paper. Updated to reflect the latest research methodology, resources, and technology, it continues to offer strong coverage on research, organization, drafting and editing-and includes a thorough section on basic writing skills. KEY TOPICS: Contains complete chapters on writing about music, analysis and research, getting started, writing a research paper (from choosing a topic through outlining, writing the draft, editing and revising), questions of format, other kinds of writing projects (i.e., seminar presentations, concert reports, program notes), writing styles, and common writing problem. Covers the latest musicological research and new resources for researching both print and electronic publications. Discusses writing papers on a PC, and provides a sample paper in the appendix that illustrates matters of format and discusses the events in the musical work. MARKET: For writers.
A Short Guide to Writing about Music by
Publication Date: 2006-04-20
A Short Guide to Writing about Music parallels musical skills to writing skills, examining a wide range of writing tasks for undergraduate and graduate courses. Intended for all writers on music -- college through budding professional -- and far more than a course textbook, this brief and inexpensive text coaches writers how to approach, research, and write about music. A Short Guide to Writing about Music is written in a clear and conversational style, and employs a variety of writing samples (both student and professional) as a means to illustrate effective writing.
Student's Guide to Writing College Papers by
Publication Date: 2010-04-15
High school students, two-year college students, and university students all need to know how to write a well-reasoned, coherent research paper-and for decades Kate Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers has helped them to develop this critical skill. In the new fourth edition of Turabian's popular guide, the team behind Chicago's widely respected The Craft of Research has reconceived and renewed this classic for today's generation. Designed for less advanced writers than Turabian's Manual of Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition, Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams here introduce students to the art of defining a topic, doing high-quality research with limited resources, and writing an engaging and solid college paper. The Student's Guide is organized into three sections that lead students through the process of developing and revising a paper. Part 1, "Writing Your Paper," guides students through the research process with discussions of choosing and developing a topic, validating sources, planning arguments, writing drafts, avoiding plagiarism, and presenting evidence in tables and figures. Part 2, "Citing Sources," begins with a succinct introduction to why citation is important and includes sections on the three major styles students might encounter in their work-Chicago, MLA, and APA-all with full coverage of electronic source citation. Part 3, "Style," covers all matters of style important to writers of college papers, from punctuation to spelling to presenting titles, names, and numbers. With the authority and clarity long associated with the name Turabian, the fourth edition of Student's Guide to Writing College Papers is both a solid introduction to the research process and a convenient handbook to the best practices of writing college papers. Classroom tested and filled with relevant examples and tips, this is a reference that students, and their teachers, will turn to again and again.
On Citations and Style Guides
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition by
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
A little more than seventy-five years ago, Kate L. Turabian drafted a set of guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research writing. Seven editions and more than nine million copies later, the name Turabian has become synonymous with best practices in research writing and style. Her Manual for Writers continues to be the gold standard for generations of college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. Now in its eighth edition, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations has been fully revised to meet the needs of today's writers and researchers. The Manual retains its familiar three-part structure, beginning with an overview of the steps in the research and writing process, including formulating questions, reading critically, building arguments, and revising drafts. Part II provides an overview of citation practices with detailed information on the two main scholarly citation styles (notes-bibliography and author-date), an array of source types with contemporary examples, and detailed guidance on citing online resources. The final section treats all matters of editorial style, with advice on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations, table formatting, and the use of quotations. Style and citation recommendations have been revised throughout to reflect the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. With an appendix on paper format and submission that has been vetted by dissertation officials from across the country and a bibliography with the most up-to-date listing of critical resources available, A Manual for Writers remains the essential resource for students and their teachers.
To access on a browser
- Go to https://mi.overdrive.com
- In the top right corner, select log in
- Log in with your MI username and password (the same as the LMS)
- Example Username: doej10256
- Example Password: 01201995
To access on a smartphone or tablet
- On the App Store or Google Play Store, download the Libby App
- Select the 3 lines at the bottom of the screen
- Under "Your Libraries," select "Add Library."
- In the search bar, type in Musicians Institute
- Log in with your credentials (same as above)
On Writing Methods
On Citations and Style Guides
Grammarly Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Research Paper
"Few things strike more fear in academics than the accursed research paper, a term synonymous with long hours and hard work. Luckily there’s a secret to help you get through them. As long as you know how to write a research paper properly, you’ll find they’re not so bad . . . or at least less painful."
Washington Post: A guide to writing an academic paper
"I keep hearing from college professors that too many of their students don’t write well. So here’s a primer written for college students on how to write an academic paper, though some of the advice would be useful for anybody writing anything. The author is Steven Horwitz, a professor of economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He is the author of two books, Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order."
Chicago Style Format for Papers | Requirements and Examples
"The information in this article is largely drawn from Turabian style—a version of Chicago style aimed at students and researchers. When writing a paper in Chicago style, these are the guidelines to follow; for the sake of simplicity, the term “Chicago” is used here."
Our master's students have published good examples of papers and proper formatting, edited by our Director of Library Services. You can read their examples under "publications":
JSTOR Music This link opens in a new window
The JSTOR Music Collection contains thirty-three leading titles in the field of musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and music education. Titles available in the JSTOR Music Collection are also included in a subscription to the Arts and Sciences III collection. Date coverage spans from 1844 to 2014. Much of the content is in English but German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, and Dutch are also represented in journal coverage. (Please uncheck, “Include links to external content.”)
Oxford Grove Music Online This link opens in a new window
Oxford Grove Music Online is a gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music, which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition, which supplements Grove's more-extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. Both of these sources are included in subscriptions to Grove Music Online.
Alexander Street Press This link opens in a new window
Alexander Street publishes more than 80 collections totaling many millions of pages, audio tracks, videos, images, and playlists. We’re concentrating on building the best collections we can across the curriculum—in literature; music; women's history; black history; psychological counseling and therapy; social and cultural history; drama, medical, theatre, film, and the performing arts; religion; sociology; and other emerging areas. With over 900,000 albums, 11 million tracks, in various genres, 3,800 videos, and 100,000 books with over 1.8 million pages, Alexander Street Press has all the resources you need to support your learning. Simply log in using your MI email username and password.
Dolmetsch Online Music Dictionary This link opens in a new window
The Dolmetsch Music Dictionary Online is part of the award-winning Music Theory and History resource
GoogleScholar This link opens in a new window
Google Scholar is a free web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
Bibliography and Citations
Guide to Citations
A guide created by our Director of Library Services detailing instructions for how to create citations for different types of resources.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Mendeley Citation Guide
Learn how to write references with our series of guides on APA, MLA 8 and Harvard citation. Our guides cover both in-text and reference list citations for a range of source types including books, articles, websites, and more. Our ultimate cheat sheet brings all these guides together into an easy-to-use, comprehensive document.
Spending too much time trying to find the perfect language, tone, or style to phrase your ideas? We get it. Ginger is more than a grammar checker, spell checker, and punctuation checker. Ginger is an all-in-one writing tool that includes Rephrase to empower you to write your best in ways that traditional online grammar checkers can’t. Just enter your sentence and our AI will provide reliable and useful alternatives: a bit shorter, a tad longer, more formal, direct, or creative.
An AI-powered grammar editor that can give spelling and grammar suggestions for your writing via an app. There is also an online plagiarism checker, grammar checker, and essay checker.
Will show what grade level your writing is at and give explicit examples of how to improve it. Copy and paste your paper into here to get editing suggestions! A desktop app is also available.
Scribens corrects over 250 types of common grammar and spelling mistakes, including verbs, nouns, pronouns, prepositions, homonyms, punctuation, typography, and more. Online corrections are included with explanations in order to help the user progress his or her English writing skills.
Writer's Free Online Proofreader Tool
Use Writer’s free online editor to proofread your writing for errors in style, word choice, tone, grammar, spelling, and more.
Grammarly's Plagiarism Checker
Grammarly’s plagiarism checker detects plagiarism in your text and checks for other writing issues.
Free Plagiarism Checker by QueText
After evaluating the text against billions of internet sources, you will be provided with a plagiarism score showing the percentage of text that is an exact or near-match to existing text online.
Plagiarism Checker by Chegg
Checks for plagiarism mistakes hiding in your assignment.
Grammar Tools for Non-English Speakers
MI Library's Guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet
IPA can help you notate sounds when learning or singing in another language so that your pronunciation is flawless.
Macmillan Online Dictionary
Provides definitions, pronunciation (written and recorded), and sample uses of vocabulary in American English.
An online thesaurus to find synonyms for various vocabulary.
LAPL Learning English Guide
A guide to English Literacy and Language from the Los Angeles Public Library.
BBC's Learning English Youtube Channel
Learn how to speak English with the BBC. Every day we have a new video to help you learn the English language. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new.
English Grammar 101
Learn more about the English language and improve your writing with our online grammar lessons. Select from any of the modules to start an engaging and easy-to-follow exercise.