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Music, Writing and Performance

Using this resource

So, your lecturer has signposted this resource to you as a path into your research- now what? 

Resource and reading lists can be daunting, and with an impending deadline and a wealth of information, it can seem like a mammoth task to find all the knowledge that relates to your research in one go.  

So, don’t.  

Start with the keyword(s) you identified earlier, have a look at this library search and decipher which category they fit into.  

Scroll through and pick something.  

Read it critically, (or even begin with reviews of said work) and if it resonates with your line of thinking, follow the path they did. Check out their reference list and read what inspired this piece of work that speaks to you.  

Note that you’ll find more than just books and articles here. You may come to your research through videos of interviews, talks, or performances- these are valid! Use them in the same way as referenced above- who else is referenced within the interview/talk/performance? Who is the artist/author/speaker inspired by? Allow yourself to be taken on a journey directed by this piece of work, take all you can from it, and then return to the first step if you need to.  

Be inspired, take screen breaks, and drink water. Your research project is now underway! 

Identifying keywords

Identify your Keywords, these will work as important search terms as you begin your research. Often identified keywords become integral themes within a body of writing. Identifying and researching your keywords/terms can then inform you of the direction of your research journey and become the cornerstones of the written work.  

Do remember you are not alone! Keep Talking. Speak to whoever will listen about your chosen topic. Wherever possible speak with your lecturers and supervisor- they can help you identify and define keywords and terms that will usher you along your research journey. They have research knowledge and will have suggestions on the path you can take to further your research.  


Approaching research 

Here is a valuable video made by UEL psychology librarian, Ian Clark. This video takes you through seven steps that can be utilised to conduct a successful literature search. 

All the steps in this video are useful, and when considering how to use this resource in relation to your research- steps three and four are particularly relevant.