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Macdonald-Kelce Library

Music, Music Education, and Performance

Suggested Steps

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  • You might find the Introduction to Library Research useful if you've never worked on a research project at the university level.
  • If you need help getting started, finding information, or have a question about resources, get in touch with the music subject specialist librarian Laura Rounds: lrounds@ut.edu
  • In order to access the library electronic materials (books, journals and databases) log in to MyUTampa
  • If you need assistance with your Spartans Domain log-in information, please contact the IT Help Desk at StudentHelp@ut.edu or at x6255.


  1. Best Bets - Start with a couple of quick searches of Summon and the subject-specialized database like Oxford Music Online to get a feel for the type and quantity of sources available. Play around with the suggested search terms.

  2. Background InformationSometimes you need a definition or basic fact for your paper that you can't find in a scholarly article. Or perhaps you need a more basic understanding of your topic before diving deeper into scholarly research. This is where reference sources, such as encyclopedias, come in handy.

  3. Books - Start here if you're looking for books.

  4. Articles - Start here if you're looking for articles (of any type). Don't forget to try different search terms.

  5. Websites - These professional and non-profit websites may prove useful for your research.

  6. Citations - Proper citation is a critical part of the scholarly process.

  7. Not having any luck?

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