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Dissertation and Thesis Research and Writing Guide for Music Students: Home

This guide is intended for music students working on researching and writing their dissertation or thesis.

Contact Information

Questions concerning graduate requirements? Contact Jenny Phillips in the School of Music Graduate Office: or 217-244-8385.


This guide is intended to provide information about library resources for graduate students in the School of Music researching or writing a thesis or dissertation.

Use the tabs above to focus on the areas you need related to researching and writing your thesis or dissertation (please note there are also additional tabs listed under Finding Music Materials and Finding Journal Articles). A lot of this may be familiar from MUS 511, MUS 528, or MUS 533, but the information here can be a good reminder.

***The information provided here about graduation/dissertation requirements is intended as a guideline only. Always check with the School of Music or Graduate College Thesis Office if you have any questions. Please also reference the graduate handbook, linked to the left.

Have questions we didn't cover? Please let us know via using the "Email Me" button to the right.

Getting Help

If you have any questions, you can get help in-person or remotely via chat, email, and more. You can also use the buttons bellow to schedule an appointment with a librarian to meet one-on-one and discuss your research. 

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