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Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. -- Confucius (c.551-479 BC)


What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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Music Research

Your research on topics related to music will include books, periodicals, Websites, and digital media. This guide will provide resources to assist you  getting to the information you need.

Please contact a librarian or visit the library if you need additional assistance.


    Research Basics - Step by Step

    Breaking Down The Research Process  

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    The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

    1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
    2. Understand your topic
      • Background reading
      • Consider a main focus
      • Refine your topic
      • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
    3. Search Sources
      • Find Books
      • Find Articles
      • Find Websites
    4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
    5. Cite your sources

              Talk to a Librarian

              Need Help 

              The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

              Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
              (562) 860-2451 x2425


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