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Music: Cite Your Sources

This guide provides information on resources available from the Alvin Sherman Library, both in the library and online, related to music, including music history, musical scores, literature on music, music instruction and study.

Cite Your Sources

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must provide a proper citation for the source in a bibliography or list of references. This gives credit to the author and enables the reader to locate the resource you cited. 

Providing references for sources you used also lends credibility to your work, especially if you use authoritative sources. 

If you use other people's ideas and do not give them credit by providing proper references to their work, you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is an honor code violation at NSU as well as a federal crime. 

Citation Styles

When citing sources, be sure to use a conventional bibliographic style. Most disciplines have a standard style that writers are expected to use. Each style will specify a uniform way of citing sources. 

Please consult the corresponding library guide on the following citation sytles for specific examples:


Purdue's Online Writing Lab-MLA Citation Information

A great free source for those writing using the MLA style with citation examples and paper formatting instructions.

Citation Machine-Chicago Style

A free tool that will help you format citations in Chicago style-be sure to double check these for errors though!

Purdue's Online Writing Lab-Chicago Citation Information

Another great free resource from Purdue's Online Writing Lab! Useful for sample citations and sample papers in the Chicago style.