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SSI1-121: American Songs: Scholarly Books & Primary Sources

Scholarly Books

A scholarly book is typically:

  • A one-volume work.
  • In-depth treatment to a specialized subject.
  • Written by a scholar in the field.
  • Written mainly for an academic audience.

Primo (search box below) is the best tool to use when searching for scholarly books.  When you see a title that might be relevant to your research, be sure to look at the "item details"  in the catalog record to find out more information about it. 

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To find the location of the book, use the library map location button within the book's record OR use the call number location chart.

Primary Sources in Music

Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information.  Scholars analyze primary sources in order to answer research questions.

Examples of Music Primary Sources include:

  • Scores 
  • Sound recordings
  • Films of performances
  • Interviews
  • Autobiographies
  • Correspondence

To find primary sources, search Primo and databases listed in this guide under the tab scholarly articles and more.