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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 and performance sciences; also used in music technology
  • Print copy: Ref BF76.7 P83 2010

IEEE style: Citation guidelines


Other resources

  • Sampsel, Laurie. Music Research: A Handbook. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. See especially Appendix D: "Chicago Style at Your Fingertips." ML113 S28 2020 (on reserve at the Service Desk)
  • Donahue, Thomas. A Style and Usage Guide to Writing about Music. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010. See especially Chapter 8: "Citations." ML3797 D76 2010

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