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Descriptive Research in Music, MUS 5722

Guide to resources for Descriptive Research in Music

Journal Article Reporting Standards

Worth reading: APA's Journal Article Reporting Standards (specialized set of guidelines about what should be included in journal articles).

Top Resources for YOU!

Looking for academic journal articles on music education or music therapy topics?  These databases will help you find it:

  • PsycInfo indexes articles in psychology, but also related fields such as music education and music therapy.  You can use the "Methodology" option under "limit your results" to search for articles using specific kinds of research methodologies (e.g. empirical, literature review, qualitative, quantitative). Be sure to scroll down the page to get to it!
    • PsycInfo is a great place to start your research!
  • Music Index Online indexes music periodicals from all over. While abstracts are not available, the subject headings are music specific (and "friendlier" to those doing music education research at the graduate level for the first time).


APA style assistance:

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 7th ed. Music Ref. BF76.7 .P83 2020
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab: APA Format

    Music education journals -- links to full text

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