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Writing 101: Love Songs: Getting Started

Finding books

You can search for books in the Duke Libraries Catalog.  Tip: Use quotation marks, such as "love songs" to search words together as a single phrase. 

The Books & Media search in the catalog will give you the best result for books.

Browsing by subject in the library catalog:

Reference Sources

Finding Scholarly Articles

Newspapers and Magazines

For very recent musicians, current newspapers and magazines are likely to be the best sources for information.  Some newspaper databases focus only on current content, and others include older issues; coverage is indicated below.

Primary Source Databases


Dissertations can be surprisingly good sources for your research, since they are scholarly, can be very focused investigations, and often shed new light on a topic.

Streaming music

Album Reviews and Liner Notes

The 33 1/3 book series is one of the best sources for album reviews.  You can search the full list of titles here.  

You can search album reviews on these websites:

You can search CDs and vinyl records on the Music Library homepage.  Click the "recordings only" button to limit search to CDs and records.

Many CDs have liner notes with information and musical analysis.

Translation tools

Music Librarian

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Laura Williams
113 Biddle Music Building
Call me:(919) 660-5952
Subjects: Humanities, Music

Music Librarian