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MU 315: Music History I (Research Labs): Lab A

A resource guide for those in Music History I (and Music History II and III can use it for reference later).

Lab A: Foundations of Research (4 videos)

Lab A.1: Oxford Music Online: The video below explains the standard music overview sources at our library and their primary features.

Vocab Alert: "Overview" is the term used to mean a source that gives you a summary or background of a topic without going on at length or into too much detail. It may also be called reference, background, or encyclopedic.


Lab A.2: Advanced Use of Overview: The next video shows how to squeeze every last clue out of even a small overview article.

Vocab Alert: Even though these sources come from encyclopedias, you still refer to the actual thing written about your topic as an "article." Don't get this confused with other types of articles, such as journal or newspaper. An overview article it's own thing (like David S. Pumpkin).


Lab A.3: Additional Overview Sources: In the video below, you will learn how to find the additional two overview articles needed for your assignment.


Lab A.4: Recommended Resources: In this final video for Lab A, you will learn the specifics of choosing a recommended resource for your assignment.

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Print Dictionaries

We do have PRINT encyclopedias in addition to the ones in the Oxford Music Online database. They will be specific (see the one about women composers) or more general, like in Oxford Music Online (see the Oxford History one).

Search the catalog or browse the reference or 1st floor in call numbers 780-789.