MUS 113 Sec. 1 (O'Connell) Spring 2019

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This library guide is to assist you with your course research assignment.

Library Home Page

The Library home page is a great place to start!  It has links to:

Important! Evaluate Your Sources

It is important to critically evaluate your sources to determine their appropriateness for the topic you are researching. The tutorial Evaluating Information can help with this.

Reference Works, e.g., Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Short Bios

Reference works are helpful for looking up terms, background, and biographical information. For music resources, you can browse the SUNY Broome Library's reference collection, ML section (music). For electronic searches, try the multidisciplinary database Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and/or Britannica Academic.

How to Find Articles

Discovery Search  Searches many of the Library's databases at once.

​Search example:

(use advanced search)

prison OR penitentiary OR parchman OR angola


plantation OR slave OR slavery


"work song*" OR song OR music     (keep quotation marks to search as phrase; * for various endings of term)

On the results page (left side), you can set search limits, e.g., academic journals, available in library collection.


Fine Arts and Music Collection  A subject specific database. 150+ full-text magazines and journals, covered in indices such as RILM.

Search example:

(use advanced search)



prison OR penitentiary


Google Scholar  If you access Google Scholar through the library website, the results list will indicate which resources are available through the SUNY Broome Library.

Search example:

"work songs" prison plantation     (keep quotation marks to search as phrase)


More databases available through the SUNY Broome Library.

Searching for Books  

Use the Online Catalog and/or eBooks to find books in both print and/or electronic formats.

In the online catalog you may need to expand your search results to "Quick delivery libraries" and/or "Worldwide libraries." Click on "GET IT" to submit a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

Also Important! Cite Your Sources

When writing a paper it is important to cite where you find your information, quotations, and ideas. For examples of how to format your citations see the following guide: Chicago Manual Style/Guide TemplateCitation tools are also available in a lot of the databases now. Look for these to help you out.

In the Library’s reference collection you can find:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition)   Ref Z253 .U69 2017







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