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MUS 600: Research in Music

Reference Sources

Finding Scholarly Information

As scholars, your aim is to locate relevant, related scholarly information that will provide you background, as well as set the stage for you to develop new knowledge.  To do this, you need to systematically search for information.  Many familiar tools you have used before (such as Google) are designed to find anything on a topic, not necessarily the most relevant, and connected, information.  To do top notch academic work, you need to use additional tools, as outlined below:


Article Databases

Other Tools

Chicago Citation Formatting

Here's an example of a journal article citation in Chicago style, found through a Fogler database:


Wagoner, Cynthia L., and Jay Juchniewicz. “An Examination of Secondary Wind Instrument Methods Courses.” Journal of Music Teacher Education 26, no. 3 (2017): 51–64. doi:10.1177/1057083716665883.


       ***Note: if no DOI, just leave it off (check the pdf of the article to make sure there isn't one).  Also, if the article is truly freely available to anyone on the open internet, add the URL; otherwise do not add any URL (format after the pages - Accessed January 14, 2024, URL)


Here's an example of a book citation in Chicago style:


Johansen, Guro Gravem. Children's Guided Participation in Jazz Improvisation: A Study of the 'Improbasen' Learning Centre. London: Routledge, 2020.


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