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MUS 7260 Music Research Methods

A guide for MA music students


Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism (抄襲) is a serious offense.  You are plagiarising if you have copied & pasted sentences directly from a website, a book, a journal, etc.  You are still plagiarisng even if you have replaced one or two words from the original sentence(s) without crediting the source.  So, avoid plagiariam & cite your sources properly.

Here are some tools to help you create proper citations.

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is an online tool that helps you organize your research, generate citations and bibliographies, and collaborate with other scholars.

HKBU Mendeley Plus Account

For HKBU users, as long as you sign up for a Mendeley account using your HKBU email address, you would be eligible for extra benefits offered by our Institutional subscription to Mendeley. 

You will automatically receive an email invitation (as shown below) within 24 hours after your Mendeley account registration. Please click on "Preview this group" to accept the invitation. 


Next, click on "Join this group" (as shown below) to confirm, and then sign in with your account. 

If you encounter any problem in the process, please report them to 

Automatic citation generation

There are many online tools that make citations easier to manage. However, remember that automatic citation tools are never perfect. You still need to understand the rules for your citation style in order to spot mistakes.

Here are some good ones:


The Modern Language Association (MLA) reference style is widely used in the humanities. In MLA style, you should first briefly credit sources with parenthetical citations in the text of your paper, and then include a complete citation to each source in the works cited list at the end of your paper.

You can find help with both in this part of the guide:

The Library's guide is based on the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook.

Below are links to other helpful online resources for MLA style: