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Music Library - Writing Guides

For additional help with writing, visit the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio located in Western Libraries.

Citation Guides

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
LB2369 .T8 2007 reference

The Chicago Manual of Style Online, 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Western Libraries - Quick Guide

Indiana University Libraries, "A Guide for Music Citation - Chicago/Turabian Style."
Guide for Music Citation

Western Libraries, "Citation Guides & Style Manuals."
Citation Guides

University of Western Ontario, "Citing Music Sources."

WWU Music Library, "Chicago Style Citation Guide."
Citation Guide

University of California, Berkeley, "Evaluating Web Pages:  Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask."

Style Guides

Bellman, Jonathan. A Short Guide to Writing about Music. New York: Pearson longman, 2007.
ML3797.B4 2007

Irvine, Demar. Irvine's Writing About Music, 3rd ed. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1999.
ML3797 .I79 1999 reference

Wingell, Richard. Writing About Music, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009.
ML3797 .W54 2009 reference

Copyright Guides

The following resources provide information about copyright rules and regulations relevant to music materials, conducting research, and publishing. While these sites are highly respected, the Music Library is not responsible for any information contained on these sites.

WWU Copyright Policy
Western Libraries' recommendations for practices concerning copyright issues.

MLA Copyright for Music Librarians
Created and supported by the Music Library Association, this online guide provides a detailed and searchable FAQ page, Guidelines, and links to additional resources about copyright laws relevant to music materials.

Music Publishers' Association Copyright Resource Center
The MPA Copyright Resource Center provides detailed explanations of the United States Copyright Law as pertains to music materials, serves as a gateway to additional online resources, and allows visitors to search the copyright status of some materials.

United States Copyright Office
This is the official website of the United States Copyright Office. This site provides detailed information about copyright and fair use as well as information explaining how to register your materials for copyright.