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MUTH 110

Introduction to Music Therapy

Evaluating Information

After you've generated some keywords you can start searching for resources. There are some things to keep in mind about any search results; we need to ask several questions of any resource before we are ready to use it to back up a point.

Who wrote it? Where did they get that information? What are they trying to get do with it? Are they trying to sway you to a certain belief? Who are they targeting?

Below are two infographics to help you approach some of those questions.

CRAAP | Scholarly or Popular

Scholarly or Popular?

You will need to find scholarly articles to serve as a solid base for any arguments you make in your paper. Databases have all sorts in them, not just peer reviewed sources. Use the comparisons above to help you figure out if a particular article is scholarly or not. Note that a peer reviewed journal is only one piece of that. Even scholarly journals have opinion pieces, book  reviews, product reviews, etc.

Evaluating Resources

The CRAAP test is just one method for determining what kind of quality a resource is. It's useful for all resources, but especially so for anything you find outside of the scholarly world.