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World Music Research Guide

Why is this important?

Maybe your source was written by a scholar, maybe your source was written for a fifth grade music project. Which one of these is likely to be more accurate and more trusted by your professor? That's why you need evaluation.

How do I do this?

Check that your sources are valid the easy way by answering these questions:

WHO: Who wrote/created this source?

WHAT: What are the author's motivations in creating this source? Are they academic or opinionated?

WHERE: Where are the cited sources in the bibliography from? Do they appear reliable?

WHEN: When did they create this source? Have there been advances since then?

WHY: Why is the author qualified discuss this subject?

HOW: How did you find this souce? Did you use a database?

Peer Reviewed sources are also generally reliable, but you should always make your own intelligent evaluation of a source before you take it as fact!