Tutt Library Research Guides
Your paper can be on any topic related to Western culture within the time periods specific to your class.
When searching TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to
Think Broadly. You need to take a broad view of your topic, so you can grasp its depth, breadth, and historical context. This will help you refine your topic, enabling you to present an interesting argument in a 3-4 page paper. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.
To define your research topic, it often helps to consult some of the standard reference works and tools before searching for books, music materials, and journal articles.
You'll see that you can combine/trade subheadings to select the span of time and topic of your search!
Note: SUBJECT HEADINGS treat chronological periods as above…generally, don’t use a span of time, e.g. 1900-2000.
Subjects have also been established for musical forms and types of performers:
Warning! These subject searches are provided as samples. It's best not to try to make up subject headings because they are a predetermined set of terms that you probably don't know. Use Keyword searching, and look for subject headings in the library record..you can then click on these terms to widen your search. See this record and note the subject headings. You may click on them to find more resources.
And, you can BROWSE THE SHELVES!
Libraries shelve like topics together; browsing will help you find something surprisingly useful that you may not have noticed in the catalog. Try the following call number ranges in both libraries:
For composer's biographies:
A dictionary of music, with brief and extensive explanation of terms. Some articles have bibliographies.
Short bios of composers, some including short lists of works and writings, including entries for jazz and pop composers.
Multimedia dictionary of music with sound files and musical examples.
"provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites."