As you explore...
This guide is intended to help music theory students explore resources outside of class. Whether doing supplementary reading or a research project, here are some things to keep in mind:
- BE CRITICAL: Not all sources are created equal, whether in print or online. Ask questions like who wrote what you're reading, is it peer-reviewed, what sources are they citing, and so on.
- BE CREATIVE: Some searching will lead to dead ends, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's an end after all. Those gaps in research are often where interest lies. In other words, don't rehash other's research, but rather use theirs to bolster your own unique take.
- BE PROACTIVE: Start early enough on your project so that you have time to borrow something of interest not owned at the Tri-College Library. Interlibrary Loan services are very good but still take advanced planning.
- BE PATIENT: Research is a fluid process. As you research, your questions will evolve, and that is an excellent sign. If, however, you ever get stuck, ask for help! The music librarians and your professors are always happy to help you think through your process.