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History of Jazz - Oakland Campus

This LibGuide is designed to help students taking the History of Jazz course (Music 0711) find resources related to the course.

About This Guide

This guide will help you find resources related to the History of Jazz (Music 0711) to further your understanding of the subject and complete your assignments.

By using this LibGuide, you will find helpful suggestions on evaluating information, finding online and print resources, finding books, finding print journals and e-journals, how to get materials the library does not have, how to ask for help, and more.

Course Description

This course surveys the various musical styles associated with jazz beginning with the early 1800s through its present state as world concert music. This survey includes Dixieland, ragtime, blues, gospel, spirituals, rhythm and blues, rock, and soul.

The Latest Jazz News

Check out some of the latest jazz news from NPR.

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Today in Jazz History

Click to see what happened today in Jazz History from Smithsonian Jazz.

What makes information "scholarly?"

Instructors often ask students to find "scholarly," "academic," or "peer-reviewed" sources of information for their research. These terms all refer to the same type of information: sources based on in-depth research. Scholarly sources are considered higher in quality and more reliable for your research.

These sources can range from chapters within books or entire books, to journal articles, but all have common characteristics that can help you recognize that type of information.

Scholarly sources are:

  • Produced by experts or researchers in a specialized field or discipline.
  • Purpose is to present new or unpublished research.
  • Articles reviewed by experts for scholarly content or quality, or peer reviewed
  • Written using formal language and structure: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, possibly footnotes, endnotes and/or bibliography.
  • May include tables or graphs to support research.









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This LibGuide was created by Amy Welch as part of a Pitt Partners internship at the Finney Music Library during the summer of 2011.