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Finding a Topic

Where to Look for Ideas:

  • Your syllabus and course reading list
  • Lecture and Reading Notes
  • Professional Blogs and Websites

Browse Top Music Journals:

Scan Newspapers for Important Headlines:


Developing Your Topic

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Search for Background Materials

Why Use General Reference Sources?

  • They can help you narrow your topic by identifying unique concepts, events, or individuals.
  • It provides important background on larger social and historical contexts.
  • Some sources can point you towards original Research.

Recommended Print Resources

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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Call Number: Ref 780.9 G18g v.7
Publication Date: 2007

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Music Research: a handbook
Call Number: Stacks 780.72 Sa4m
Publication Date: 2009

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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Call Number: 780.3 N42s 2d ed.
Publication Date: 2001

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The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll
Call Number: Ref 781.66 R65g 3d ed.
Publication Date: 2001


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