Also known as "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles" or "Research Articles," these are
Unlike journal articles, books:
However, there is a kind of book common in music research known as the collected work or, if created in someone's honor, a festschrift. These books usually have multiple authors and an editor. The individual chapters are often more similar to scholarly articles than books.
Scores come in all shapes and sizes depending on their purpose. Mini scores are perfect for studying a piece while listening. Performance editions have individual parts for each instrument. Critical editions are prepared by scholars and usually include excellent historical information about the composition, performance, and publication of a piece of music. Collected works, anthologies, and denkmäler are collections of pieces on a particular topic, like composer, time period, or country.
Thematic Catalogs are complete lists of works by a composer or in a genre. They include incipits, the opening musical gesture of a piece, and other important musical themes and motives.
A Guide to Research is a book-length bibliography of scholarship on a composer, genre, or special topic. They are excellent resources for quickly learning about the breadth and depth of research on a topic. It is important to note the year of publication because any scholarship published after this date cannot be included.
The Fine & Performing Arts Collection has hundreds of Guides to Research on a wide variety of music topics.
Audio/visual resources are available in physical formats in the library (DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs) and digital formats (streaming video).
For your assignments, we recommend using library resources rather than general YouTube videos to ensure you are using credible sources.
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