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Academic Writing About Music: Questions, Strategies, and Resources: Citing Evidence

This writing guide was developed in conversation with graduate students at the Lamont School of Music. It addresses common questions that Lamont students have about their academic music writing and offers strategies that Lamont students and Writing Center

Citing Evidence

Citing Evidence

Questions to Ask

Questions to Ask

  • How do you know when you need to cite or include a source?
  • How do you learn more about how to cite a source, or format footnotes? 
  • What evidence do you have that can’t be cited, and how do you determine when that’s a problem?

Strategies to Use

Strategies to Use

  • When in doubt, cite a source!
  • For information about citation and footnote formatting, see Herbert chs. 4, 9, 10, 11; and Holoman ch. 3. 
  • Be sure to follow and reference the formatting style guide (whether Turabian, Chicago, APA, OR MLA)  that your professor specifies. 

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