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Music History

Resources for music history library research

Writing and Citation

Style Guides in the Print Collection

Most scholarly books and journals in music history and theory follow The Chicago Manual of Style. Although a very comprehensive guide, it is not specialized toward music and, therefore, it does not always cover musical topics thoroughly. Follow Chicago for citations, but then be sure to seek the guides below by Holoman, Wingell, and Cowdery for guidance specific to music research. Other specialized research and writing guidebooks can be found in ML 113, ML 3797, and ML 3880.

Online Citation Style Guides and Tools

When using an online source, check for citation information, including a DOI (digital object identifier) or permalink.  Library resources usually include citation formats for copying.

OneSearch uses the quotation mark as a symbol:

In RILM, Music Index, or other databases hosted by Ebscohost, the "Cite" icon is to the right of the detailed view of the item:

JSTOR offers a "Cite this item" link to the right of each item in a list of search results:

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