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A Road Map to Music Research: Five: Remember where you've been... keeping a travelog.

  • You will need to properly credit the sources from which you got your information.  When taking notes, be sure to record the following so you can tell others where you gathered your facts:
    • Title(s)
    • Author(s)
    • Publisher
    • Location of publisher
    • Date of publication
    • Page number(s) from which you took each cited piece of information
  • If possible, photocopy/scan the title pages of books and periodicals, and print or save web site pages that contain citation information.  This is a fast and accurate way to record this crucial data. 
  • Some types of materials (e.g., electronic resources and music scores) require special citation formats.  See below for guidance with citing your sources.

Where to get help with citing sources:

Call numbers for citation guides shelved in the Music Library:

  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations / Kate L. Turabian:  Ref LB2369.T8 2007
  • The Chicago Manual of Style:  Ref Z253.U69 2010 
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers / Gibaldi, Joseph:  Ref LB2369.G53 2009
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:  Ref BF76.7 P83 2001

University Writing Center:

  • The University Writing Center offers instruction in basic writing skills and assistance with specific assignments at no charge to ECU students.

Other links:

  • Research and Citation - a guide to applying the various citation styles from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
  • Citing Music - a guide to applying the Turabian style to music research papers from the University of Western Ontario
  • CitationFox - APA citation examples for all types of cited materials

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