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MUSG 101 - Music Appreciation (Demus-Leslie)

Learn to locate and cite academically-appropriate sources for completing Duana Demus-Leslie's research assignment.

Where Do I Start?

Researching your chosen musical selection and composer/performer may be quite difficult. My first advice is to start early!

Many students turn to Wikipedia for their initial exploration of a topic. This is fine, but be sure to augment your research with sources you can actually include on an academic bibliography. Do not include Wikipedia on your Works Cited list.

Here are some suggested resources to consult early on in your research.

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.
 

Where Do I Find Books?

You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.
 

What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?
Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to process requests for materials from other libraries. We'll have this service up and running again as soon as campus opens and we're fully operational.

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

Search Google Scholar

Search scholarly materials on the Web.

Google Scholar Search

Find Focused Information in Library Databases

Why Use Databases?

The MJC Library subscribes to many databases filled with authoritative articles, book chapters, research reports, statistics, and more from thousands of respected publications.

Using the Library's article databases ensures that you're using the academically-appropriate sources your instructors expect you to use. Also, you won't have to cull through millions of unrelated Web pages that will waste your time and energy.

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Top Picks:

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, and staff.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birthdate.