Research is an important, if at times overlooked, skill for any music student, even if your area of specialization isn't academic. The purpose of this guide is to provide tools and resources to help you find information on your research topic. If you have questions about any of the resources mentioned here, want to suggest resources for possible addition to the guide, or would like personal research assistance, please contact me via the info in the right hand column of any page of the Music Research Guide. I can work with you via email or we can arrange an in-person consultation in the library.
This guide is a work in progress; resources are added or removed as I learn of them or their availability changes, so please check back periodically to see what's new!
The Library can be a confusing place when you're first getting to know it. You can use these handy maps to see where you need to go in order to do music research here at SF State.
Some helpful locations, by floor:
Ground Floor -- Media & Equipment Distribution (CD/DVD checkout)
1st Floor -- Research Assistance, Checkout Desk, LRS Pickup
2nd Floor -- iLearn Help Desk, Digital Media Studio (ProTools, video & graphics editing, etc.)
3rd Floor -- Music scores and "browsing" book collection
4th Floor -- De Bellis Collection of Italian Classical Music
Some other useful links relevant to your music research experience here at SF State are below.
"If you remember nothing else, remember to talk to the reference librarians–if you work entirely on your own you will probably miss more than you find, and you won’t know that you’ve missed anything. It’s not only okay to ask questions; in a large research library, it’s necessary."