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MUS 265: History of Western Music I: Recent Research Report

This guide will assist students enrolled in Dr. Balensuela's Mus 265: History of Western Music I class.

Recent Research Report (Spring 2021)

Recent Research Report: (25%) Each student will research a topic of interest to him or her in music history up to the later Romantic era. The graded portions of the research project will consist of:

  • Assigned worksheets from the Music Librarian (homework) (5%)
  • Preliminary Bibliography: A description of research topic and bibliography with a selection of books, encyclopedias, and articles from scholarly journals; four items, do NOT need to be in proper formats (graded as part of following item)
  • One Annotation: Annotation of ONE scholarly item from the bibliography (2%) 
  • Draft (Five annotations) (5%) 
  • Annotated Bibliography: A FINAL version of the bibliography as described on the guidelines (13%)

Balensuela's Pet Peeves

  1. Mixing quotation marks. Your word processor will probably use “curved” quotation marks. If you cut and paste materials from the web they are usually "straight." Having both in the paper indicates a lack of careful proofreading.
  2. Only use URL or DOI links for items that are ONLY on the web. For things that were physically printed (books, articles, dissertations) give only the print information. This may be a bit different from Turabian’s newest format.
  3. Avoid anonymous quotes. All quotes should be clearly linked to the author in the prose of the text—don’t rely on the footnote. Tell the reader who is talking in the paragraph.
  4. Punctuation within quotes. “When you have a quotation, the punctuation falls within the quote marks and before the footnote.”
  5. Avoid Dangling comparisons. Saying “Bach uses more virtuosity” makes the reader ask “More than…?” Avoid these dangling comparisons.
  6. Only one space after a period. You may have been taught that there should be two spaces after a period. That’s only if you’re using a manual typewriter. On computers just use ONE space.
  7. Major works of music with specific titles are in Italic, as in Don Giovanni. Works with generic titles are in normal type, as in Symphony No. 41. Parts of works or smaller works are in quotation marks, as in “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni.

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