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MUSC 171: The Social History of Popular Music

Writing and Style Guides

Writing Style Guides for Music

Cowdery, James R., ed. How to write about music: the RILM manual of style, 2nd ed. New York: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, 2006. Music Ref. ML3797 .H69 2006

Gottlieb, Jane. Music library and research skills. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009. Music Ref. ML3797 .G68 2009

Holoman, D. Kern. Writing about music: a style sheet, 3rd ed. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2014. Music Ref. ML3797 .W75 2014

Sampsell, Laurie J. Music research: a handbook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Music Ref. ML113 .S28 2009

Wingell, Richard J., and Silvia Herzog. Introduction to research in music. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. Music Ref. ML113 .W564 2001t

Wingell, Richard J. Writing about music: an introductory guide, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Pearson Hall, 2009. Music Ref. ML3797 .W54 2009

Style Guide

Chicago manual of style is the preferred style of documentation for MUSC171.  Use the online version, or the print version of the 17th ed. in the library. Chicago name-date style examples below:

Chapter in an edited book:

Maskell, Shayna. 2013. "I predict a riot : Riot Grrls and the contradiction of feminism." In The Routledge history of social protest in popular music, ed. Jonathan C. Friedman, 184-197. New York : Routledge.

Journal article:

Bradby, Barbara. 2005. "She told me what to say: The Beatles and girl-group discourse." Popular music and society 28(3): 359-390.

See other style guides under Citing your sources.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating your sources is a crucial step of the research process. You need to evaluate carefully each source to determine its appropriateness and quality.

Check our Evaluating Sources Checklist for criteria used to judge information sources and our Scholarly and Popular Resources page to distinguish between scholarly and popular publications.

It is particularly important to evaluation information that you find on the Web. Because there are no rules and anyone can post a page on the Web, you will have to determine whether the web site is of value. Go to Evaluating Web Sources (CRAAP Test) for specific criteria used to analyze websites.

Check our Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals page in order to evaluate periodicals by looking at their content, purpose, and intended audience.

Citing Your Sources

Chicago manual of style, 17th ed. is the preferred style of documentation for MUSC171.

Check out these sites for other information on citing sources:

Queen's Library guide: Citing & Citation Managers

Queen's Library guide: Citation Managers

Western Libraries, London, ON: Citing MUSIC SOURCES

Writing Centre

Writing Centre

The Queen's Writing Centre provides help with brainstorming ideas, creating outlines, improving grammar and style, and thesis statements.  Students are advised to book an appointment for one-on-one consultations. The Centre is located in the Stauffer Library as part of Queen's Student Academic Success Services (SASS), which also comprises Learning Strategies.

See the SASS links for Learning Topics and Writing Topics and Writing Handouts/Tip Sheets, including Writing Critical Book Reviews.

Reflective Writing

Reflection means taking some time to examine your thoughts, beliefs, values, attitudes and assumptions about your understanding of a topic, a situation or problem.  The key questions in reflective thinking are how? and why? rather than just what?  In reflective writing, students are asked to write down their personal thoughts.  

Reflective Writing (University of Leeds)

Reflective Writing (Royal Roads University)