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POM ID 1 - Flashpoints in Rock & Roll History - Prof. Dettmar - FA17

Your Assignment and Quick Start

Welcome! I created this course guide to assist you with finding library resources related to your final research paper for ID1 "Flashpoints" in Rock and Roll History. Please feel free to contact me at any point throughout the research process if you need help or want a friendly person to help you walk through the research process.

For your final research assignment for this course, you will write a 10-12 page paper about a flashpoint in rock history that is of interest to you. In your research paper, you will "explain the necessary background, the nature of the controversy, and what the controversy tells us about the nature of rock & roll." (Dettmar, Term paper assignment.) In order to do so, you will need to balance primary sources with peer-reviewed secondary sources, while reference sources like music encyclopedias can be valuable for your background research.

Reference Sources

Secondary sources and articles

Primary sources

There are all kinds of primary sources in all kinds of media: newspapers, personal journals, concert posters, bootleg recordings, oral histories, and more. The databases below give you a place to start.

Citation Management Tools

Citation Managers are tools to help you keep track of your citations as you research and to create/format your citations and bibliography. Both RefWorks and Zotero allow you to keep citations, full text articles, and other research resources organized in one place. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

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