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Music Therapy

This guide contains all the resources you need to get started on your music therapy assignment or research project.

Finding Theses and Dissertations

Searching for masters theses or doctoral dissertations is a bit like going on a scavenger hunt: you'll need to plan a strategy, search multiple places, and be prepared to revise your strategy if your initial search comes up short. Several of the core databases for music therapy are good places to start, but don't stop there. Open Dissertations, Google Scholar and other tools can also be good sources for theses and dissertations. 

Before searching any of the databases below, think carefully about your search topic and try to identify multiple synonyms for key search terms. For example, if you're looking for information on treating children with autism, you'll want to think of various terms for both "children" and "autism". For example, children might also be described as child, youth, adolescent(s), or teenager(s). Autism might also be described as autism spectrum disorder, asd, asperger's, or asperger's syndrome. For help with keyword searching, check out our helpful video here

A word of caution: most theses and dissertations are only available from the institution at which they were written but you can borrow it through Lindell Library's Interlibrary Loan service. For more information, watch Order Books and Articles Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If you need additional help with your research, please schedule a research consultation with Mary Hollerich: or 612-330-1603.