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As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, events, or broader identifying terms.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet.

Books Articles Internet

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Apply online for a library card.   Use your card to 1) Place a Hold on a book  2) Access databases from home. The catalog is online at

Online books are available at You will need your bar code for login to create an account.


Most books are located in the M section. Get library card.

Britannica Online
Search this online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Suggest you browse by subject and choose music. Or search by keyword using specific terms such as musical notation, plainsong, or specific composer. You will need your current library bar code for login.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians REF ML 100.N48 1992
This classic source is available in most libraries. It is a good place to find information on all aspects of music. It includes a long article on notation.

The Oxford Companion to Music REF ML 100.S37 1970
A one volume encyclopedia of music. Has discussions of such terms as plainchant or plainsong, notation, and Anglican chant.

Student Encyclopedia of Music REF ML100.B26 1999
This four volume set has clear essays on musical topics for students.

NetLibrary has ebooks which you can read online. You will need your library bar code to login and create an account..


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Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. To find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more, use your updated library card to login to the following databases. If you find an interesting article that is not full-text, please give the correct bibliographic information to our and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if they need to.

The best database to find articles which analyze musical genres or music terms is Academic Search Premier. You will need your current library bar code for login. Type in keywords such as medieval music or musical notation.


librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About the Internet


The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggest below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Source - Look at the domain.  .edu   .gov   .org  .net are valid research sources.
  3. Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  4. Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  5. Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.

UNACCEPTABLE SOURCE SAMPLE - This appears to be part of a book, but there is nothing we can see that tells you title, author, dates, publisher or any of the other needed information. 

This is a good place to find audio examples. Use composers or stylistic descriptions and the word audio in search engines such as Google (i. e. "Ockeghem audio"  or "Plainchant audio").

Altavista has a specific audio search. If you use this do not include the word audio.

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