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Music: Research

A guide to the music collections at NCCC.
Writing a paper on a musician or music topic? The Lewis Library has scholarly resources for your research. 

Writing About Music

Need topic ideas?

  • Why is this music important?
  • Who is this music important to? 
  • What kind of messages does this music communicate? 
  • How has this genre of music evolved? 
  • Compare one genre of music with another

Suggested searches and keywords

Here are some search term ideas to get you started:

  • [genre of music] + criticism and interpretation 
  • [name of band or artist] + criticism and interpretation 
  • music + social aspects 
  • music + political aspects
  • music + history and criticism 

Research Help

If you need help finding sources for your research, please let us know. We are here to help!


Here are some suggested databases to search for scholarly articles relating to music. 

Study Music at NCCC!

Learn more about NCCC's music department and degree program through their webpage here. 

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