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MUSC 1112: Music of Black Americans (Torff)

Citing Your Sources

MLA Citation Style Guide

Citing Music

Citing a Song or Album

 

Music can be cited multiple ways. Mainly, this depends on how you accessed the music. Generally, citations begin with the artist name. They might also be listed by composers or performers. Otherwise, list composer and performer information after the album title. Put individual song titles in quotation marks. Album names are italicized. Provide the name of the recording manufacturer followed by the publication date.

If information such as record label or name of album is unavailable from your source, do not list that information.

 

Works Cited Example:

Spotify

Rae Morris. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014, Spotify, open.spotify.com/track/0OPES3Tw5r86O6fudK8gxi.

 

Online Album

Beyoncé. “Pray You Catch Me.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016, www.beyonce.com/album/lemonade-visual-album/.

 

CD

Nirvana. "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nevermind, Geffen, 1991.

 

Parenthetical Reference:

When citing a non-print source, it is preferable to include the author's name in the text of your document rather than in a parenthetical reference. Example:

Vladimir Horowitz gave a memorable performance of Chopin's Nocturne O 55, No 2. on his album The Last Recording.

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