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MUS 113: Writing About Music

This guide covers use of major music resources and skill-building information on how to physically and virtually find books, scores and recordings.

Literature List

Finding Primary Sources at the Library

You can start by searching in Scholar for materials and, if you find secondary sources, you can use them to find primary sources. For example, many secondary sources cite primary source documents in among their references or in their footnotes. You may also find a guide to research in your subject area that lists useful primary sources and where they can be found.

Some useful keywords to try:

  • charters
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • early works
  • interviews
  • manuscripts
  • oratory
  • pamphlets
  • personal narratives
  • sources
  • speeches
  • letters
  • documents

If your research is Cleveland-related, you may also try our Special Collections and/or the Cleveland Memory online collection (see below).