Music History Resource Guide

Writing about music poses questions about how to use musical terminology, how and when to cite sources, what information to give for musical examples, and where to find resources. 

Writing guides on music

See D. Kern Holoman, Writing about Music (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008), Jonathan Bellman, A Short Guide to Writing about Music, 2nd ed. (New York: Longman, 2007), and E. Eugene Helm and Albert T. Luper, Words and Music (Valley Forge: European American Music, 1982).

College Writing Center

Visit the College Writing Center for tutoring and their online Resources for Writers. 

Research Assistance

Consult with the reference librarian in the Crane Music Library for additional help researching a subject.

Resource and Database Links
Citation Style for Music History
A Sample Bibliography
Footnotes and Endnotes
Citing sources:  Footnote and Bibliography formats
Sound recordings, Video and Multimedia
Musical Titles
Capitalization
Abbreviations
Diacritics (accents)
Musical Examples