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Doing Research in Music: 5. Writing & Citing

Step by Step guide to Writing a Research Paper in Music

Writing and Citing



  • When you're taking notes on what you read, put an author's words in quotation marks so you know what language belongs to someone else.
  • Instead of highlighting, write in the margins about why the information is important.


  • Answer your questions from the previous steps, using evidence.
  • Think about treating the answer to each question as a separate section of your paper.


  • Cite the evidence while you write to avoid losing the information and having to retrace your steps. 
  • Use this Citing Alternate Formats in Chicago Style guide for all your Notes and Bibliography entries!


Link to Citing Music - Chicago Style Guide