Music Therapy Theory & Research

Course Number: MU453

Subject: Music Therapy


Research help

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Scholarly sources

Tutorial: How can I tell if my source is scholarly?

In general, when looking for previous research in music therapy, you will be consulting and citing three formats:

journal articles

Mitchell, E. (2019). Community music therapy and participatory performance: Case study of a coffee house. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 19(1).


Clements-Cortes, A., & Klinck, S. (2016). Voices of the dying and bereaved. Barcelona Publishers. 

book chapters

Ahonen, Heidi. (2016). Adult Trauma Work in Music Therapy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy. Ed. Jane Edwards. Oxford University Press. 268-288.​​​​​​

Database searching tips

Regardless of what you are searching for, or which tools you use, keep in mind the following tips (although be aware that not all databases support each of these options)

  1. Tutorial: Developing a research question: for graduate students
  2. Consider word variations and synonyms
    • think about how others might refer to your ideas
    • e.g, decolonial --> decolonial* OR colonial* OR postcolonial* OR racis* OR anti-raci* --> which might lead to white, black, [NAME] ethnic group
    • Tutorial: Using search words effectively
  3. Tutorial: Better searching using AND, OR, NOT
    • AND (all terms) OR (one of the terms) NOT (exclude terms)
    • Parentheses and Boolean operators can be used to set apart search groups
    • NEAR/# = search terms within a specified number of words apart, e.g., nursing NEAR/3 education
  4. Limit or expand terms
  5. Employ search limiters (available limiters depend on the database)
    • peer reviewed, article type, date
  6. Identify key publications and authors
    • note citations, and cited references, repeated author names
  7. Document and track everything you do in the steps above
Background Material

Tutorial: Finding books in Omni
Tutorial: Requesting books from other libraries in Omni

  • start with Omni
    • limit to "Books and eBooks", e.g, Music Therapy"
    • use call number (e.g. to find location of Laurier's print items)
    • sign in to request from other Omni libraries
    • use Scan on Demand for chapters or articles

Tutorial: Finding scholarly articles on a topic

Theses and Dissertations
Music Therapy Journals
APA Style Guide

Tutorial: How to cite in APA style

The Laurier Library owns print copies of the APA Style Guide, but not the electronic version. Most information you will need to guide you for this class will be found on the APA Style guide website.

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: