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Music Resources: Websites

Provides guidance on the resources available and how to find information related to Music.

Searching for Websites

The Internet has a lot of great resources.  It is important, however, to evaluate the website to make sure it has reliable information before using it in your paper.



Who is the author of the website?  Do they have a degree in the topic they are writing about?  Who are they affiliated with?  

(Look for author name, “about us,” “who we are,” etc… for this information)



How old is the information?  Has it been updated recently? (Look for the publication date)



Is the information biased?  Are they taking a side of the issue and trying to push their opinion or trying to sell you something?  Is it fact or opinion?  It is important to use unbiased sources for informational papers. 



Is the topic fully covered? What is the purpose of the webpage?  Did they author state where they got the information?



Lastly, do not use Wikipedia as a source for your academic papers.  Most instructors will not allow it to be used because it is not always accurate and may not have reputable authors.

Search Suggestions for Websites

Go to

  • Enter your keywords in the search box.
  • Search.
  • In the keyword search box next to the keywords, enter the word site:
  • Then put one of these endings next to it .gov .edu .org or .mil to help you find reputable websites.

Example:  music careers site:gov


Professional Organizations

Almost every career has a Professional Organization.  Find the one for your career.  They are a great source of information for careers, jobs, what's going on in the field, etc...

  • Go to:
  • Keywords: Career Name and Association;  Career Name and Organization; Career Name and Society
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