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ENGL 101 -- THE (MUSIC) GENRE ESSAY -- Kerr

This campus guide provides resources and recommendations for students completing research in Professor Reid Kerr's genre essay.

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Investigate the major audience for the genre and consider how the genre either informs or reflects the culture of that audience (values, demographics, how/when they listen to the music, etc). Note: It is okay if you see yourself as a part of this audience too - it will allow you to offer your readers first-person insight into your subject.  


For this focus, many of your sources will likely come from open web sources like social media, blogs, websites, especially if the genre is very emergent or underground. However, it is still worth checking the ProQuest database for newspaper and magazine articles for sources. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH COMPONENT

  • Minimum of four sources. Of these sources, you need to have at least one:
    • Chapter from a book OR
    • Scholarly journal and/or “peer-reviewed” article
    • AND any combination of the following relevant to your option

    • Newspaper article
    • Magazine article
    • Open web source such as 
      • Fan discussions
      • Blogs
      • Social Media 
      • Interviews
      • The music itself (such as lyrics, which would be considered a primary source!)
      • Other -- confirm with Professor Kerr

  • If you will be using less "traditional", documented sources, be sure to confirm that the source is acceptable by first consulting with your instructor. 

SAMPLE SELECTION OF EBOOK SOURCES

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