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Writing about music: Style manuals, writing guides, citation guides


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Style manuals and writing guides for music

Citation guides for music

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition)


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Preferred style in music education; also used in music technology
  • Print copy: Ref BF76.7 P83 2010

IEEE style: Citation guidelines


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