Syllabus for

Fall semester, 2012

Research is: "the pursuit of facts and ideas, the organization of the data to point to some possible conclusions, the evaluation of the results, and the presentation of the whole in an intelligible fashion." -- Ruth Watanabe (Introduction to Research)

Course Description

This course has a three-fold mission:

Focusing on Green Library and its holdings, the course will familiarize the student with the important major sources for research in music.  Included will be the library’s online catalog, music-specific and interdisciplinary periodical databases, websites and other electronic resources.  It will survey the library's music holdings in Reference and the General Collection, its print, digital and audio resources, and give the student a basic understanding of the variety of avenues available today for research in music. The course will lead the student to develop critical thinking skills relative to web sites and to develop a comprehensive bibliography leading to a well-written research document.


Ensure that students can do basic music research through:

Ensure that students are able to present findings of basic music research in scholarly written form and bibliographic style.

Ensure that students are prepared to conduct research for course assignments, theses, program notes, etc.

Expose students to different kinds of research resources and develop expectations as to their content.

Develop an understanding of how music information is stored and retrieved in a digital era.  

Be able to follow the process of writing a paper, from the choice of topic, conducting the research, developing an outline and writing the paper, complete with bibliography and sources documented in scholarly format.

Prequisites - There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suggested Text:

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.
    7th ed., rev. by John Grossman, et al.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press,


This is a brief version of Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press)  used by most scholarly journals in the field of music, and to which you might want to refer if the answer to your question is not in Turabian. You may purchase at any location convenient for you, or you may order online from one of the commercial web sites.

I have developed a web site that will be a quick reference guide for most of the citation situation you are likely to encounter. Turabian Music Citation Guide. Also useful is Lisa Philpott's (University of Western Ontario) Citing Music Sources.

Music Education majors will instead possess a copy of Concise rules of APA style. 1st ed. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2005.

This library web site will direct you to many citation style guides.

For further reference:
Russ Dewey's APA Style Crib Sheet
Cornell University - APA Citation Style (See entire site for other useful information)

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Materials to be covered:

Suggestions of other useful resources:


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Class attendance is very important and will account for roughly 1/3 of the final grade. Attendance will be taken at each class. All absences must be accounted for, either as excused or unexcused. An excused absence is defined as illness, accident, medical appointment, religious holiday, mandatory performance, etc., and must be approved by the instructor.


§ Assignments are due on the assigned date and play an important part of the final grade. Late assignments will incur a penalty unless a prior arrangement is made with the instructor.  [A weekend counts as one day.]

§ All assignments will be typed, include the questions and be numbered accordingly. They will be submitted in paper only; no e-mailed assignments and make sure your name is on them!

§ Assignments must be your work and may not be done in conjunction with anyone else. Anything else falls under the category of academic dishonesty (a fancy term for cheating or plagiarism) and is addressed below. There will be certain times when the same materials must be used and groups may gather to share use of them, but assignments must be done individually. See "Academic Dishonesty" below.

Any assignment or project found to be the work of anyone else will result in immediate failure of the course, both for the one submitting the work and the person whose work it is found to be.

§ Use of the Turabian style in all bibliographic citations. You may either use the manual, the guide below, or the Citation Machine, however Citation Machine formats in MLA or APA, and you must make any changes manually where there are differences.

I have created a quick Turabian Music Citation Guide to Turabian style citations which will cover most of the situations you will encounter. However, you may need to consult the Turabian book (on Ready Reference down on 2nd floor) for situations not covered here.

You may try using the Citation Machine  but check to see that it is working properly. There have been errors reported in its use.

and other electronic devices must be silenced during class.


I am available for the bulk of each weekday, roughly 10AM-6PM. My office door is usually open and you may feel free to drop by at any time. If I am unavailable, please contact me at 305-348-6582 or Dr. Hardin to schedule a convenient appointment.


There will be mid-term and final exams. The Final grade will be based on:
1) successful completion of all assignments,
2) averages of the Mid-Term and Final Exam, and
3) attendance.

A = 95-100
A- = 90-94
B+ = 86-89
B = 83-85
B- =80-82
C+ =76-79
C =73-75
C- = 70-72
D+ = 66-69
D = 63-65
D- = 60-62
below 60 = F



Students with disabilities, as defined by law, have the right to receive needed accommodations if their disabilities make it difficult to perform academic tasks in
the usual way or in the allotted time frame. In order to receive accommodation, however, students with must register with Disability Resource Center:
University Park Campus, GC 190
Voice: (305) 348-3532
TTY: (305) 348-3852
Fax: (305) 348-3850


Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and
respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to
demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for
themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook
Academic misconduct will not be tolerated in this class. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Violations of academic integrity will be punished. These violations involve the use of any method or technique enabling you to misrepresent the quality or integrity of any of your university related work.Cheating and Plagiarism are taken very seriously at FIU. It can result in failure of the course or even dismissal from the university.
The following links outline the seriousness with which the university takes this matter:

Graduate Academic Misconduct Policy

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