This list is for commonly found citations. If your citation is in a style that does not fit below, please visit the reference desk in the Cook Music Library, or email the reference account at email@example.com
Does your citation have one title in italics or underlined, and nothing within quotation marks?
Your citation is probably for a book, score, or recording. Use an online catalog, such as IUCAT or Worldcat to search for this title.
Does your citation have one title in italics or underlined, plus a title “within quotation marks,” as well as issue numbers and a month or season in parentheses? If your citation was found in Grove online, you might see 'apostrophes' instead of "quotation marks" and the journal title might be an abbreviation you must click on.
Your citation is probably for a journal article. For these citations, it is most efficient to first search IUCAT for the title of the journal, which is in italics. Do not search for the article; start first with the journal title. Go to IUCAT and insert the title in a keyword search, using quotation marks to assist your search. Example: “Journal of hip-hop” Limit your results to the format Journals/Periodicals.
Scroll through results to see if your title is available as an Online Resource, or in Bound Volumes/print. Ask a librarian for assistance if your journal is unavailable.
A journal article citation in Grove might look substantially different from above. Here are two examples of Grove citations for journal articles. Remember: the journals are given abbreviations (MQ; MT) and you must click on the abbreviation to full the view journal title (Musical Quarterly; Musical Times):
Does your citation have one title in italics or underlined, plus a title “within quotation marks,” as well as a month and season, but no issue numbers?
Your citation is probably for a magazine or newspaper article. Follow the same procedure above, for journal article. If you cannot find the title in IUCAT, the citation could be for a blog post. If that is the case, there should have been a URL/link. You can search for the blog using Google, and the article should be freely accessible.
Does your citation have one title in italics or underlined, and also contain a title “inside quotation marks,” without any noticeable or obvious information about months, seasons, numbers, or issues?
Your citation is probably for a song in a score anthology/collection, or a chapter or essay from a book. Use an online catalog, such as IUCAT or Worldcat to search for the title that is in italics. In this example, you would search IUCAT for "songs for former flames."
Does your citation have one title “within quotation marks,” and nothing in italics? Is there a diploma listed, such as PhD or thesis?
Your citation is for a thesis or dissertation. First, try searching for the title at the Proquest Dissertation Database. If your title is not there, try searching for it in RILM.