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SSI2-121: American Songs: Scholarly Books & Primary Sources

Scholarly Books

You must include at least one scholarly book in your annotated bibliography.

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. 

See example below.

Example of Scholarly Book

Look for these clues in Primo's detailed record of the book. Note that scholarly books may be written by one author or published as an edited collection.

Primary Sources in Music

You must include at least one primary source in your annotated bibliography.

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.

Search Primo

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.