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MUS 336: Music Education II: 6-12

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Also known as peer-reviewed articles, scholarly articles are sources that are:

  • written by experts in the field
  • reviewed by other experts in the field (hence the peer-reviewed)
  • intended for an academic audience

While you can find scholarly articles through general search engines, databases contain a feature where you can narrow your results to only scholarly articles.

Find Subject-Specific Articles:

Find Articles in Multidisciplinary Databases:

M-MT 3rd Floor Stacks Curlib 3rd Floor off Stacks Scores 4th Floor Hallway

Books and eBooks often provide a broader overview and cover more information than a scholarly journal article.

You don't need to read an entire book to use it in your research. Use the index at the back of a book to find the information you need.

To find books and eBooks, you can either:

  • Search the NOBLE catalog
  • Browse the stacks for a book related to your topic

Scores 4th Floor Hallway

Scores from well-known composers as well as musicals and other productions are available in the 4th Floor Hallway. You can search within the scores through this link.

Curriculum Library

The Curriculum Library, located off Stack 3, contains music education guides, kits, instruments, and other music related tools to use in your classroom. You can search within the curriculum library through this link.

M-MT 3rd Floor Stacks

M 1-5000 - Music 

  • M 5-1480 Instrumental Music
  • M 1495-2199 Vocal Music

ML 1-3930 - Literature on Music

  • ML 159-3785 History & Criticism
  • ML 3790-3792 Music trade
  • ML 3795 Music as a profession
  • ML 3797-3799.5 Music Research
  • ML 3928-39230 Literature for Children

MT 1-960 Instruction & Study

  • MT 170-810 Instrumental techniques
  • MT 820-915 Singing and vocal techniques
  • MT 918-948 School Music
  • MT 955-956 Musical theater

For a detailed list of the subclasses in the Music section, see the LC Classification Guide for M.

Education Books

Conveniently located right next to the music section is the general section on Education. These books are in the L-LT section

Quick Way to Cite

Screenshot of Cite box on EBSCO database showing a formatted MLA citation that you can copy and paste

If you found an article on a database, look for the Cite button to get a formatted citation for your Works Cited, in less time than it takes for EasyBib to load.

MLA Works Cited & In-Text Citations

 

Works Cited Format Author. "Title." Title of container (self contained if book), Other contributors (translators or editors), Version (edition), Number (vol. and/or no.), Publisher, Publication Date, Location (pages, paragraphs and/or URL, DOI or permalink).
1 Author Brennan, Mylie. “Dungeons & Dragons and Damsels in Distress: A Visual Rhetorical Critique of The Dungeon Master’s Guide.” Women & Language, vol. 43, no. 2, Fall 2020, pp. 223–51. EBSCOhost, https://doi.org/10.34036/WL.2020.021.
2 Authors Wang, Yichen, and Xiaofei Hao. “Virtual Nexus: Female Players’ Emotional Attachment in a Role-Playing Video Game.” Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, vol. 28, no. 2, Apr. 2022, pp. 488–505. EBSCOhost, https://doi.org/10.1177/13548565221089212.
3+ Authors Domahidi, Emese, et al. “A Longitudinal Analysis of Gaming- and Non-Gaming-Related Friendships and Social Support among Social Online Game Players.” Media Psychology, vol. 21, no. 2, Apr. 2018, pp. 288–307. EBSCOhost, https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2016.1257393.

 

In-text Citation Format Format Example
1 Author (Author's Family Name Location). (Brennan 225).
2 Authors (Family Name and Family Name Location). (Wang and Hao 500).
3+ Authors (Family Name et al. Location). (Domahidi et al. 290).

APA Works Cited & In-Text Citations

 

Works Cited Format Author. "Title." Title of container (self contained if book), Other contributors (translators or editors), Version (edition), Number (vol. and/or no.), Publisher, Publication Date, Location (pages, paragraphs and/or URL, DOI or permalink).
1 Author Brennan, M. (2020). Dungeons & Dragons and Damsels in Distress: A Visual Rhetorical Critique of The Dungeon Master’s Guide. Women & Language, 43(2), 223–251. https://doi.org/10.34036/WL.2020.021
2 Authors Wang, Y., & Hao, X. (2022). Virtual nexus: Female players’ emotional attachment in a role-playing video game. Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 28(2), 488–505. https://doi.org/10.1177/13548565221089212
3+ Authors Domahidi, E., Breuer, J., Kowert, R., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2018). A Longitudinal Analysis of Gaming- and Non-Gaming-Related Friendships and Social Support among Social Online Game Players. Media Psychology, 21(2), 288–307. https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2016.1257393

 

In-text Citation Format Format Example
1 Author (Author's Family Name Date). (Brennan 2020).
2 Authors (Family Name and Family Name Date). (Wang and Hao 2022).
3+ Authors (Family Name et al. Date). (Domahidi et al. 2018).

Students working on laptops in mezzanine.Forming your Search String

The more complicated your question, the less likely a search engine can understand it. To get the best result, identify keywords and like terms to create a search string.

Example research question: How do music teachers incorporate popular music into lesson plans?

Keywords: Music teachers, popular music, lesson plans

Like terms can include synonyms and also examples of your keywords. If you don't get results from searching your keywords, it doesn't mean that the research doesn't exist. It could mean that the researcher used different language to describe the same topic

  • Music teachers: music learning, music education, music class
  • Popular music: pop music, well-known music, Taylor Swift
  • Lesson plans: curriculum

Search strings connect your keywords and like terms together for the best results.

Too many results? Use AND to narrow results

music teachers AND popular music AND lesson plans

Too few results? Use OR to broaden results

music teachers OR music education AND popular music OR "Taylor Swift" AND lesson plans OR curriculum

If you find an article or book that you can't access, don't pay for it! Instead, submit an inter-library loan (ILL) request, and you'll receive articles within a few days!

Are you looking for a specific article, like an article that you found referenced in a bibliography? Search for the journal in Journal Finder, linked below: