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Step-by-Step Guide & Research Rescue: Music Therapy

This guide will help you understand how to efficiently and effectively do basic research.

Step 1. Locate Music Therapy Background Information

This guide leads you through the research process for Academic Freedom topics. For general tips on the research process, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.

Related Subject Guide - Music and Psychology


For Specialized print encyclopedias, use the Social Sciences/Education Reference collection, Level 1:

  • Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology (Soc Sci Ref BF 636 E529x 2004)
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology (Soc Sci Ref BF 31 .E52 2000) - available online through PsycBOOKS (EBSCO)
  • Encyclopedia of Human Behavior(Soc Sci Ref BF 31 .E5)
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences(Soc Sci Ref H 41 .I58 2001)
  • Magill's Encyclopedia of Social Science: Psychology(Soc Sci Ref BF 31 .M33 2003)
  • Handbook of Innovative Therapy (Soc Sci Ref RC 480.5 .H276 2001)

For Specialized online encyclopedias, use the following databases. For subject specific background resources, use the Music Subject Guide and the Psychology Subject Guide.

Step 2. Develop & Narrow Your Topic

After reading Background Resources, you should be able to fill out the following "From Topic to Research Focus" formula.  NOTE: This is NOT the same as your Thesis Statement.  Your Thesis Statement is developed after you read Research Materials about your issue/question, determine your stance, and decide how you will present your attitude/angle/argument. For examples of how to use the "From Topic to Research Focus" rubric, click on the Develop and Narrow Topic tab at the top of this page.

1)  I am researching ______________________________________ (topic)
2)  because I want to find out _______________________________  (issue/question)
3)  in order to ____________________________________________ (application)

Organize your Research Focus into concepts: identify terms, think of synonyms, and organize them using this chart.

(Concept 1) _______________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 1)

AND (Concept 2) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 2)

AND (Concept 3) ___________ OR ______________ OR ______________ (Synonyms for Concept 3)

Step 3. Find Resarch Materials for Music Therapy topics

For Books use the Books & More search to find specific titles from the bibliographies you noted above. Use the Books & More - Advanced Search to find additional books on your issue question. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box.

For Articles use the Articles & More - Advanced Search selecting Collection: Theatre & Media Arts and Social Sciences. Referring back to the concept chart above, enter your keyword search, one concept for each box. Click Go to begin the search. Click on the title of the article to read the abstract. Click the Full Text Available and Check for Full Text to view the entire article.

To retrieve additional articles, connect to the databases linked below, or select them from Databases A-Z in the Databases & Journals box on the Library Home Page. Depending on how you have narrowed your subject, other databases listed on the Music Subject Guide and the Psychology Subject Guide may also be appropriate.

Steps 4 & 5: Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper

For tips on Evaluating Research Materials & Writing Your Paper, click on the Basic Research Strategy tab above.