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Sociology Class Supplement: Music Research Paper

Databases for Research

Quoting Lyrics in Your Paper

If you are quoting poetry or lyrics less than four lines, put a slash (/) between the lines to mark the line break.

In his song "Mona Lisa" (Cole, 1950), Nat King Cole wonders why a girl he knows has been nicknamed after the painting, asking her, "Is this your way to hide a broken heart?/ Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep/ They just lie there and they die there." 


If you are quoting poetry or lyrics four lines or longer, block quote by indenting ten spaces from the left.


Nat King Cole tells the subject of the song why he and others have nicknamed the her "Mona Lisa":

           Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you.

           You're so like the lady with the mystic smile.

           Is it only 'cause you're lonely they have blamed you

          For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile? (Cole, 1950)



Citing Songs in Your Reference Page

To cite a single song in your Reference page, use the following format:

Recording artist (year of release). Title of album [Album]. Record label.

Note: If the song is not associated with a specific album, omit that part of the reference.