Web sites can be sources of great information...but how do you determine what is okay to use in academic papers?
Here are 4 considerations as you assess web sites for use in your assignments.
Author: Who wrote the section, and what are their credentials? What larger organization are they affiliated with? If I google them, what do I find? What is the parent web site?
Bias: Can you identify an angle/slant/bias in the article or on the larger web site? What is the purpose of the study or content—to prove something to a particular group? Can you corroborate the claims with at least 2 other sources?
Content: Is the source accurate? Are there basic mistakes in grammar, dead links, or spelling? When was it posted or last updated or published? Does it contain claims that contradict things you know to be true or even other claims within the article itself?
Support: Does the content have citations or sources? Can you verify the sources? Can you contact the author or organization?
Provides on-demand audio streaming to millions of tracks mainly from the classical music genre, but also including world/folk music, contemporary jazz, and Chinese music. Explore by musical genre, composer, instrument, country, etc.
"The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge" (home page). You can browse by recording title, artist, genre, or pre-selected playlists. You can also do a keyword search for artist, song, lyricist, genre, composer, year, or place. "At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925" (about the jukebox), and there are plans to increase the contents regularly.
"The U.S. Sheet Music Collection in the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois contains about 100,000 titles of popular music (as well as some classical) from the early 19th century through the 1980s. The U.S. Sheet Music Collection is divided into two main categories: Vocal/piano music and Instrumental piano music. Items may reviewed in the library, or copied when items are in the public domain or when appropriate permissions have been obtained."