An important element of a formal research paper is the citation of sources. In collegiate level courses, you will be asked to cite your sources with notes (footnotes or endnotes) and a bibliography. The preferred citation method for music and the humanities is Chicago. The Music Library owns several style guides that demonstrate the correct citation form according to Chicago. They are:
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Call no. Music Reference Z 53 .U69 2003
Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff can also access the Chicago Manual of Style Online.
Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook, 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006.
Call no. Music Reference PE 1408 .H277 2006
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Call No. Music Reference LB 2369 .T8 2007
You may need to cite scores and sound recordings in some of your papers. If you have questions about the proper format for citing these materials, see "Citing Music Materials in Papers and Assignments: A Quick Guide." This handout also provides examples of how to cite digital audio files, such as those from the Naxos Music Library and DRAM.