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HLMU 2310: Intro to Music Literature

Finding a Primary Source

There are many ways to find primary sources via the library or the web. Use whichever method works best for you!

Search CU Books or OhioLINK

Use Advanced Search.  Pair your composer's name with phrases associated with primary sources, like letters.


And you'll find books that have compiled and published primary sources like this: 

Other good primary source keywords include: 

  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • documents
  • interviews
  • personal narratives
  • pictorial works
  • sources
  • personal memoirs


Search Online

Simply search Google for your composer's name and primary source keywords. 

To limit to educational websites, add to your search