Music Research: A Handbook, 3rd ed. introduces music students to the major print and online research tools available today. Ideal for graduate-level music bibliography and research courses, it can also be used in any undergraduate or graduate music course that requires students to engage in library research or to write a research paper. Concise and practical, this unique handbook does not aim to provide an exhaustive introduction to the subject; rather, it is highly selective and guides students to the most significant English-language research tools and resources, reference titles in major areas, and the principal sources in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. This is the first edition to be available as an ebook rental from

What’s New to This Edition:

  • The textbook has been comprehensively updated through August 2018.
  • Over 250 entries have been updated, added, or deleted to reflect the current state of music research.
  • More guidance on research, especially asking research questions, narrowing topics, and formulating thesis statements has been added to Chapter 1.
  • The textbook has been revised to remove chapters no longer needed (for example, music directories) to create space for more coverage of other topics (like writing about music).
  • The order of some chapters has been changed to flow in a more logical progression.
  • The chapter formerly titled “Internet Resources for Music” has been renamed “Digital Media” and is heavily revised to reflect the dramatic growth of streaming audio and video services.
  • The Appendices on citation formats (D, E, and F) have been updated to reflect new editions of the three major style manuals (Chicago, APA, and MLA).
  • More tips have been added to the writing chapter, including a checklist for students to use before submitting an assignment.
  • The Suggested Readings have been reviewed and updated, as appropriate. Additions include digital humanities, Open Access publishing, and ORCID IDs.
  • The Figures have been revised and updated.
  • The dollar sign (<$>) has been added to denote online resources requiring a subscription.
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