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Music, Culture and Community

Course Number: MU368

Subject: Music Therapy

Research terminology


A collection of data (e.g., your contacts app on your phone). In library research, it is where you find articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Databases can be subject specific (e.g., RILM) or interdisciplinary (e.g., Omni) and allow you to look for information about a subject across many sources.

Scholarly book

Written by an expert - or experts - in the field and is intended for a specialized audience, and they use discipline specific methodology, terminology and theory to discuss and analyze original research. They are usually published by an academic press, e.g., Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, etc.

Tutorial: How to find scholarly books


Scholarly publications published on a regular basis (e.g., each month) that focus on a specific discipline (e.g., Canadian Journal of Music Therapy) that contain articles (often peer-reviewed) written by researchers, professors, and other experts in a specific field that are intended for an academic audience, i.e.,those that are doing research.

Peer-reviewed article

Piece of research that has been published by an academic working in a specific field and is evaluated by several researchers or subject specialist in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication. e.g., Mitchell, E. (2021). Performing Identities and Performing Relationships: Community Music Therapy and Adolescent Mental Health. Music Therapy Perspectives, 39(2), 195–203.

Background Material

Use dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and manuals to quickly check information as you work on a particular topic. They provide a more comprehensive overview than an encyclopedia article, as well as useful lists of facts, formulae, and other important information. They are also the place to look for more practical, "how-to" information. For example, view Omni searches for ebooks on:

e.g., Edwards, J. (2016). The Oxford handbook of music therapy. Oxford University Press.

e.g., Bartleet, B.-L., & Higgins, L. (2018). The Oxford handbook of community music. Oxford University Press.


Start with Omni


Start with Omni

If you are having difficulty sifting through the results of an Omni search, you can also try these Music specific databases:

CM/CoMT Initiative 

The following sources provide examples you can use in designing your community music or community music therapy initiative.

Lenox, D. (2013). Music therapy program for adolescents at children are our future: A grant proposal. [Masters Thesis, California State University]; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (1417070119).

Rajan, R. S. (2016). Funding Music: Guidelines for Grant Writing in the Music Classroom. General Music Today, 30(1), 30–37.

Gitlin, L. N., & Lyons, K. J. (2014). Successful grant writing: strategies for health and human service professionals Springer.

For some guidance and examples of preparing a grant application, visit the Canada Council for the Arts.

APA Style Guide

The Laurier Library owns print copies of the APA Style Guide, but not the electronic version. However most information you will need to guide you for this class will be found on the APA Style guide website, or consulting the Purdue OWL site.

Remember that the APA Style Guide is more than just information on how to cite, it is also prescribes rules about how to write. Since in this class you are reviewing anti-oppressive principals, consider the APA guidelines:


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