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Music: Citation Styles & Writing Guides


Do you know you need to cite sources in writing your academic papers? Otherwise, your readers would begin to doubt that you would have plagiarized. Academic honesty and academic excellence go hand in hand. You may enroll in the course, ILT01 Information Literacy Training: Academic Honesty, available in HKU Online Learning. In this course, you will learn what constitutes plagiarism, how to cite sources using practical tools and how to check for originality with Turnitin. Below is the course outline:

What is Plagiarism?

Why Cite?

When to Cite

How to Cite Properly

Citation Styles 

Citation Tools

How to Check Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism? (a handbook)

Turnitin checks your work for potential plagiarism.

Citation Guides

When you cite resources properly, readers can follow your thoughts and your meticulous research work is shown as well. There are some citation styles and you may wish to seek your professor’s preference before getting started. Once you have chosen a style, it is important to be consistent. 




   The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

   Call number: MuR 808.0270973 C53

   Location: Music Western Reference Books

   An online version of the Quick Guide features two basic documentation systems: 1. notes & bibliography 2. author-date.





   Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6thed.

   Call number: MuR 808.06615 P9 

   An online version is here for quick reference.



    The MLA style manual.

   Call number: Music 808.027 A17

   Location: Music Western Books

   An online version is here for quick reference. 




Managing Citations

EndNote is a bibliographical management software product to organize and collect your bibliographic sources. The Libraries support it that allows you to retrieve citations easily.

Zotero is another bibliographical management tool provide free service and integration with web browsers.

Research & Writing Guides

Research Guide


 The Craft of Research

 Call number: Music 001.42 B725 c88

 Location: Music Books


 Music Research: a handbook

 Call number: Music 780.72 S19

 Location: Music Books



Writing Guide

 Irvine’s writing about music. 3rd ed.

 Call number: MuR 780.72 I72 W9  

 Location: Music Reference

 Electronic version


 Writing about music: an introductory guide. 4th ed.

 Call number: MuR 808.06678 W769 w95       

 Location: Music Reference


 How to write a thesis 

 Call number: Music 378.242 E19   

 Location: Music Books

 Electronic version 




 The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century.

 Call number:  Music 808.042 P65

 Location: Music Books



Writing Style Guide of individual principles

 How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style

 Call number: MuR 780.72 H84

 Location: Music Reference


 Writing about music: a style sheet from the editors of 19th century music

 Call number: MuR 808.06678 H75

 Location: Music Reference

 Electronic version