*Remember that it is important to use a variety of primary sources whenever possible.
Below are some of the most common secondary sources used in music research, and how you might use them:
|Biography||Patti Smith: America's Punk Rock Rhapsodist||For information on the life and works of performers and composers. Often includes critical assessments of their impact on musical life|
|History & Criticism||Punk Rock, So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk||For information on various musical subjects, with a critical historical perspective|
|Analysis||Song Interpretation in 21st Century Pop Music||For analyses of music works, genres, and composers|
|Scholarly Article||‘nor Did I Socialise with Their People’: Patti Smith, Rock Heroics and the Poetics of Sociability||For peer-reviewed information that reports on original research, or evaluates the research of others. *You are often required to use this type of source in your papers|
|Popular Article||Patti Smith: At Last, The Lower Manhattan Show||For journalistic account of musical performances, music criticism, etc. *Especially helpful in researching popular music|
|Thesis/Dissertation||"She's So Busy Being Free": The Dynamics of Utopia in Popular Music by Women, 1968--2008||For an in-depth treatment of a topic. *Use the bibliographies from theses and dissertations as a starting point for finding sources for your assignments|
Whether you are searching for books and articles through our library catalogue or in individual databases, the process is similar.
Here is a somewhat comprehensive list of Music Databases.
For further information on conducting searches, please see Starting Your Research