This is my eleventh year as a librarian at Vanderbilt University. I hold a Master of Library Science and a Master of the Arts in musicology, both from Indiana University, Bloomington. When I am not working with students and faculty, I enjoy spending time with my husband (Casey), our children (Ethan, 7, and Wyatt, 4), our dog (Annie), and the newest members of the household, two kittens (Jackie and Marley). My hobbies include gardening, reading, music, and keeping several aquariums of tropical fish.
This Research Guide is designed to help you complete the artist paper assignment for MUSL 1650. While some of the information sources listed are available online, I strongly encourage you to visit the Wilson Music Library to consult the print reference materials available to you. As the Music Librarian for Education and Outreach, my primary responsibility is teaching students and faculty to use the library effectively, and I encourage you to come see me if you have any questions about your research for this paper. You can schedule a research consultation with me via e-mail, phone, or the "Schedule Appointment" link; see my contact information in the box on the left. If I am not available, my colleagues at the Wilson Music Library are happy to assist you.
The Wilson Music Library is located in the Blair School of Music (no. 7 on the map below). Our normal operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 am until 10 pm, Friday, 8 am until 5 pm, and Sunday, 2-10 pm (we are closed on Saturdays).
Don't wait until the last minute to look for sources for your paper! I'm sure that you are given this advice every semester, but there are approximately 150 students enrolled in MUSL 1650 who will all need to use the same resources. Planning ahead can save you time and stress.
You probably won't find a book about the artist or group that you want to write about, but that's okay! There are lots of other resources available to help you find articles and other related materials on your artist.
Think broadly about your topic. Since you are building a case to include your artist in the History of Rock curriculum, spend some time researching the musical genres and performers that influenced your artist. Comparing and contrasting your artist with others is a solid strategy for building your case.
Take the time to explore the library resources that are available to you! While some things are available online, others can only be found in the Music Library's reference section. The walk over to Blair is worth your time!
Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music
by Michael L. LeBlanc
Call Number: MUS REF ML105 .C768 1989 v.1-80
Publication Date: 1989-2015
Contemporary Musicians is a reference source featuring profiles of more than 4,500 musicians involved in rock, pop, jazz, blues, country, r&b, and more. Each article features a short bibliography and discography (list of sound recordings). To locate you artist, look in the index of names in volume 80; this will tell you which volume in the series to consult.
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
by Colin Larkin (Editor)
Call Number: MUS REF ML102 .P66 G84 1998 v.1-4
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
This encyclopedia has 30,000 entries on all aspects of popular music, including entries for individual performers and groups. The standard entry includes birth and death dates, brief biographical information, and a list of recordings (discography).
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