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Music Research Tutorial

Research Tutorial for Music Papers


This tutorial is designed to help you in the process of writing a research paper for a music course. The "Exploring Your Subject" page will help you identify a topic and the best sources of information for investigating it. The "Joining the Conversation" page will focus on how to engage with the materials you find, including tracing the conversations experts are having, and identifying important questions.


Essential Library Services

The first resource to know about at the library is librarians. UWM has reference staff, research librarians, and a Music & Performing Arts librarian available to help at any stage of your research process.

Access during partial closure

During the 2020-2021 academic year, only the Learning Commons section of the library will be open. You'll be able to request materials online or at the circulation desk, and they will be collected and brought to the desk for you. You can also continue to request articles, chapters, or sections of scores to be scanned and delivered to you electronically, by using the Interlibrary Loan form. If you have trouble figuring out how to access material you need, please use Ask a Librarian or email the Music & Performing Arts Librarian

To request materials, find the item in Search@UW and use the "Local Request" button, as demonstrated in the video below. When your materials are ready for pick-up, you'll receive an email. Then you can pick the materials up at the library's main circulation desk.