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MUSC 1101: History of Jazz - Torff

Citing Your Sources

Citing Music


Music can be cited multiple ways, depending on the "container" where you accessed the music.
Generally, music citations begin with the artist name, or they can be listed by the composers or performers.  You can include a number of contributors in the citation, depending on their pertinence. You can also choose to cite an entire work (full album, or just a portion (specific song ).  


  • Titles of songs are listed in quotation marks
  • Names of albums in italics
  • Leave out the http:// from URL's.   



Whole album:    Gaga, LadyThe Fame Monster, Streamline Records, 2009. 

Individual song on an album:   "Telephone (featuring Beyonce')",  The Fame Monster. Streamline Records, 2009. 

Audiobook:  Inglis, Rob, narrator. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Recorded Books, 1991.  

Online Album:  Beyonce'. "Sorry." Lemonade,  Parkwood Entertainment, 2016,

Spotify:  Rae Morris. "Skin." Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014, Spotify,

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


Parenthetical Reference Example:

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. Such as:

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

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