- Begin your research by finding an authoritative score and a recent recording of a work composed before 1700
- Put your composition in context by consulting information that will provide a good overview and lead you to other sources of information through bibliographies. To do this consult dictionaries, encyclopedias, and basic texts in music and other related disciplines.
- Find out about other world and cultural events which occurred during the year(s) your topic was composed, it may be helpful to consult timetables.
- Find Periodical articles and Internet sites
Photograph of renaissance canvas "Woman with a Cittern" (1677) by Pieter van Slingeland. In the public domain.