I am trying to cite a hard copy of a musical score, using Microsoft Word's References feature.

Word gives me several options. I have narrowed it down to a few but none of them explicitly say "Musical score".

  • Book
  • Book Section
  • Journal Article
  • Report
  • Art
  • Sound Recording
  • Performance
  • Film

There's also a "miscellaneous", but I'm not sure if I should categorize musical score under that.

Any ideas?

1 Answer 1


A musical score is cited like a book in this style.

Here's an example from Depauw University Libraries -

The footnote is in the form

Composer First Name Last, Name of Musical Work (City, State: Publisher, Year).


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eine kleine Nachthmusik, K. 525 (Bryn Mawr, PA: Theodore Presser, 1960).

The bibliography is in the form

Composer Last Name, First. Name of Musical Work. City, State (if city isn't well known): Publisher, Year.


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525. Bryn Mawr, PA: Theodore Presser, 1960.

(The Depauw site has additional information on various special cases.)

  • Caveat: This applies if the work being cited is the only item published in the book in question. If it's a shorter score in a collection, then Book Section should be used instead.
    – aeismail
    May 9, 2014 at 5:33
  • @aeismail that's covered in the link mentioned at the end :)
    – ff524
    May 9, 2014 at 5:35
  • Yeah, it was a musical score on its own. Thanks!
    – geoff
    May 9, 2014 at 17:32

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