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Researching Music & Musicians

For students researching music, musicals, musicians, composers, etc.

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Kathleen Ennis
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Fall 2021 Research Help
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, my Fall semester research help is being offered online via Ask a Librarian until further notice.

You can also make an online appointment via our Meet with a Librarian service.

I will be staffing our online Research Help according to the following schedule.*

Mondays 10am-1pm
Tuesdays 10am-Noon * 2pm-5pm
Wednesdays: 12pm-2pm
Thursdays: 4pm-5pm
Fridays: 2pm-4pm

*If these days/times don't work for you, use the link above to email me. We will figure something out!

Stay safe! Stay engaged! Stay enrolled!

Researching Music and Musicians

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Welcome to Researching Music and Musicians, a research guide designed to help you navigate research assignments focusing on music. You can work through the entire guide by moving through the subject tabs on the left from top to bottom, or you can simply pick and choose topics that interest you and jump around in the guide

Ideally, this guide should supplement your work with MJC research librarians, not replace it. Please remember that librarians are available for consultation via chat, text, email, or Zoom appointments. 

Click on the Ask a Librarian link below to contact a librarian.

Research is a Process

Research in an integral part of the college experience. Research assignments require students  to explore ideas, analyze issues, solve problems, or make arguments related to existing ideas. The development and mastery of research skills is an essential part of your academic and lifelong success. 

Among the skills you will be expected to use are:

  • Identifying the goals and guidelines of research assignments
  • Choosing and developing thesis-driven topics 
  • Formulating research questions to guide inquiry into your topic
  • Locating credible sources in support of your thesis
  • Using sources effectively and ethically within your work

MJC research librarians can help you get off to a strong start on the research projects you encounter during your tenure at Modesto Junior College. They can introduce you to the research skills you need and guide you as you begin to put them into practice. 

If you are interested in consulting with a research librarian on your research project, simply click the Ask a Librarian button below. More detailed information on the array of assistance available through the MJC Library & Learning Center is available on the Get Help page at the end of this guide.