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Introduction to American Music 1104 Course Guide

Below are instructions for completing Professors' Paoli, Ponce and Siriano's Library Assignments One and Two.

Getting Library Help

Contact the Music Librarian, Ken Orenic, at 630-942-2338, or
You can also contact a Reference Librarian at 630-942-3364

For additional information on music-related library resources, consult the Music Research

Library Assignment One

From the Assignment "...locate books, recordings, scores, and videos in the COD collection and like materials in libraries throughout the country to complete the historical perspective, biography and musical analysis. This assignment teaches you to use authenticated sources; sources that have been scholarly referenced."


After successful completion of this assignment you should be able to:

  • Access and use the COD catalog
  • Access and use library databases
  • Employ various search strategies
  • Save and export records to an email address
  • Understand check out procedures for COD "online" students and Interlibrary Loan procedures
Assignment Preparation:
Library Services

Reference Help - If you need additional help locating resources, contact the Music Librarian, Ken Orenic, 630-942-2338 – or the Reference Desk.
Interlibrary Loan: If you have questions about the status of your interlibrary loan request, contact the Interlibrary Loan department at (630) 942-2166.

Due Date

The due date for this assignment is listed on the course calendar and syllabus. As always, late work is discouraged.


This assignment is graded on a 100 point scale and if not submitted, your researcher paper will not be accepted and you may fail this course.

Assignment Procedure

1) First Email: COD Catalog
Choose a 20th Century composer of interest after listening to their music and use the COD Library catalog to find the following materials:

A book

A recording

A score (if available)

A video (if available)

Use the COD Library Catalog to locate these resources. Click here for detailed instructions on how to use the catalog.

Using the COD Library Catalog

Use the COD catalog to search our collection of books, music recordings and films. This catalog also searches the I-Share catalog, giving you access to over 11 million books. To learn more about how to request books through I-Share, click here. You'll need to create an I-Share Account to request items from another library.


Access the COD library catalog

Author, Keyword, Subject Searching


Use Author to find works written by the composer:


Use Keyword to find works written by or about the composer. This type of search looks for the keyword anywhere in the record, such as the work appearing in the title, author, summary, table of contents, etc. This type of search will give you the greatest number of results, however, they will be the least precise.


Use Subject to search for items on a particular topic, such as composer, musical style, instrument, etc. This type of search will retrieve fewer results than a keyword, however, the results will be more precise. Click on the down arrow and select Subject (see below).

Limiting Results

From the results page, limit your results by format, author, year, content and other limits by placing check marks in the appropriate boxes on the left side of screen.

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Emailing your Citations:

Click on the title of the item you want to send, and fill in the information in the form.
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Then click on the "email" link, fill in the form, and click send.
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Email them to yourself and then email a copy to your instructor When emailing a copy to your instructor, please be sure to include your name in the subject line, as follows:
Music 1100 COD Cat Your Name Assignment 1.
If you do not include your name, your instructor will have no way of knowing who sent the email.

Search Strategy

The research essay involves more than just biographical information about a composer. It requires your involvement with the music of a composer and understanding the history in which your composer lives so you can also write about how the times affected the composer and music. Develop a search "strategy" for information on the specific genre or specific composition associated with your research topic using either the COD Library Catalog to illustrate your methodology. A concise paragraph (on one page, double spaced) detailing your method and results should be emailed with the other portions of this assignment. There is a sample strategy paragraph in research information in course information for you to model. When you send this to the instructor, please note in the subject line the following information:
Music 1100 Paragraph Your Name Assignment 1.

Your name must appear in the subject line of each email in order for receive credit.

Library Assignment Two

From the Assignment: "Using a musician that is the subject of your research, you will locate biographical articles, illustrations, musical examples and bibliographic information from this authoritative resource."


This assignment must be submitted before you can submit your research paper.
For proof of your research supply the following:

  1. The first page of the article on the composer or subject.
  2. The first page of the Bibliography section on the composer or subject.
  3. One page of a bibliographic topic like the Debussy “Piano Works” example above.
  4. Research Summary: write a concise paragraph (on one page, double spaced) demonstrating how this dictionary will be of use in your research essay. Include this paragraph with the other information required for this assignment.

Items 1-3 will need to be copied and pasted into a Word document. At the end of your document, complete the 4th step, writing your paragraph using the same model example as you had with Library assignment 1. When you have everything complete in one email, send it to your instructor (include your full name in the subject line).

Assignment procedure:

Accessing the Oxford Music Online Database

  • Click on the Oxford Music Online link
  • NOTE: To access Oxford Music Online from off-campus you will need a current COD library card. You will be prompted to enter your last name and library card number to access the database. For more information on library cards, consult this webpage:
  • To learn how to use the Oxford Music Online Database, complete the following:

  • On the Oxford Music Online homepage click on the "Tools and Resources Link"
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  • On the left hand column select "Quick Tour" link.
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  • In the middle of the page is a video, Guided Tour of Oxford Music Online
  • Click on the link for the "Start the PowerPoint Tour” located directly below the video box. This will open a Powerpoint presentation in a separate page.
  • Return to the Grove's homepage and enter your composer name into the Search box in the upper right hand corner of the page. You may search all of the sources or just the Grove Dictionary.
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As an example, a search for Debussy will yield several articles, including entries from the Grove Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music. Click on the article for the subject of your search and you should be taken to a page that contains an outline of the article as example shown below:

Debussy, (Achille-)Claude

( b St Germain-en-Laye , 22 Aug 1862; d Paris , 25 March 1918 ). French composer . One of the most important musicians of his time, his harmonic innovations had a profound influence on generations of composers. He made a decisive move away from Wagnerism in his only complete opera Pelléas et Mélisande, and in his works for piano and for orchestra he created new genres and revealed a range of timbre and colour which indicated a highly original musical aesthetic.

The article contains extensive entries on the following sections:

  • Childhood and studies.
  • The 'bohemian' and symbolist years.
  • 'Pelléas et Mélisande'.
  • 'Debussyism'.
  • The last years.
  • Debussy and currents of ideas.
  • Models and influences.
  • Sources and interpretation.
  • Theatre works and projects.
  • Musical language.
  • Orchestration and timbre.
  • Reception and influence


The left hand side of the page will have a breakout box that will include a breakdown of the individual genres of the composer.
The tool bar at the top of the Article page will have links to: Works, Multimedia and Related Content.

  • The Works page provides a list of musical works, categorized by type.
  • The Multimedia page will contain pictures and musical examples from the article as well as musical examples (where available).
  • The Related Content contains links to other articles that mention or refer to the subject or their works in the dictionary.

The Article page includes a number of resources and features:
Search Within This Article allows you to search for a term in the article.
Article Contents allows you to go directly to a specific section of the article
The Bibliography section of the article will take you to a page with additional bibliographic breakdown as displayed below:


  • catalogues, bibliography, iconography
  • correspondence
  • monographs
  • other general literature
  • studies of individual works

This is an excellent place to examine for basic bibliographic sources for almost any musical topic or musician. For instance, if you were researching the piano music of Debussy an examination of the “piano works” section under the “studies of individual works,” would yield the following information:
piano works
N. Boulanger : 'Lectures on Modern Music', Rice University Pamphlet , xiii/2 (1926), 113–95 [on the Préludes]

A. Jakobik : Die assoziative Harmonik in den Klavier-Werken Claude Debussys (Würzburg, 1940)

R. Schmitz : The Piano Works of Claude Debussy (New York, 1950, 2/1966)

R. Réti : 'Claude Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie', The Thematic Process in Music (New York, 1951/R), 194–206

M. Long : Au piano avec Claude Debussy (Paris, 1960; Eng. trans., 1972)

F. Dawes : Debussy Piano Music (London, 1969)

R. Howat : 'A Thirteenth Etude of 1915: the Original Version pour les arpèges composés', Cahiers Debussy , new ser., no.1 (1977), 16–23

R. di Benedetto : 'Congetture su Voiles', RIM , xiii (1978), 312–44

Mme G. de Romilly : 'Debussy professeur, par une de ses élèves', Cahiers Debussy , no.2 (1978), 3–1

C. Rosen : 'Where Ravel Ends and Debussy Begins' Cahiers Debussy , no.3 (1979), 31–8

R. S. Parks : 'Pitch Organization in Debussy: Unordered Sets in Brouillards', Music Theory Spectrum , ii (1980), 119–3 4

R. Orledge : 'Debussy's Piano Music: Some Second Thoughts and Sources of Inspiration', MT , cxxii (1981), 21–7

W. J. Peterson : Debussy's Douze Etudes: a Critical Analysis (Ann Arbor, MI, 1981)

R. Howat, ed.: Claude Debussy, Préludes, Book I: the Autograph Score (New York, 1987)

R. Howat : 'Debussy and Welte', Pianola Journal , no.7 (1994), 3– 18

R. Howat : 'En route for L'isle joyeuse: The Restoration of a Triptych', Cahiers Debussy , no.19 (1995), 37–5 2

P. Roberts : Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy (Portland, OR, 1996)

R. Howat : 'Debussy's Piano Music: Sources and Performance', Debussy Studies , ed. R. L. Smith (Cambridge, 1997), 78–107

If you would like to access materials listed in the bibliography, contact the Music or the Library’s Reference e Desk for assistance 630-942-3364.