Writing About Music

This guide is a compilation of resources for writing about music, including common style guides used in the music subject area and reference to electronic style. Please direct all inquiries to musiclib@bu.edu.

See also: Mugar Library’s Citation Styles Guide


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APA Style

Landing on their ‘Learn’ page, you can link to their free basic tutorial, their free update for 6th edition users, and be sure and browse their Learning Resources and FAQ along the right sidebar

Beyond the MLA [Modern Language Association] Handbook: Documenting Electronic Resources

Compiled by Andrew Harnack and Gene Kleppinger, Eastern Kentucky University. See especially their introductory essay in which the current state of citation style is surveyed and in which ambiguities are identified and resolved. Another useful section is their “Citing the Sites.”

Citing Music Sources in your Essay and Bibliography

Prepared by the faculty of the Music History Department, University of Western Ontario.

Citing Electronic Information in History Papers

Complied by Maurice Crouse, Department of History, The University of Memphis (c2009, 1995). His well-considered departures or adjustments to recommendations of major style manuals are explained in his introduction.

Columbia Guide to Online Style: MLA [Modern Language Association]-Style Citations of Electronic Resources

Compiled by Janice Walker, University of South Florida; endorsed by the Alliance for Computers and Writing.

Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music Style Sheet

Updated in 2007, valuable resource for italicization, abbreviations and regularization of music words; also conforms to Chicago Manual practices.

MLA Style

This is the Modern Language Association’s official site. See under the section ‘MLA Style’ for their link to Frequently Asked Questions which includes examples of citations for material accessed through the Internet.

Reference works

Available at Open reserve (ML3797 .H69 2006 )