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Music : Web Resources & Reviews

Everything you need to know about music resources and how to find them in the ECU library

Online music sources


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Finding Reviews

Finding reviews of a concert, show, or of a recording can be difficult.

The main resources to use are either the music Indexes:

Or using the news database Factiva:

There are also Web links to review sites in the different subject areas: Contemporary, Jazz, and Music Theatre.

Web & News

Unlike scholarly sources (like academic books and peer reviewed journal articles), popular sources (like newspapers, reviews, blogs, tweets, etc) are not original research, instead tending to be either opinion-based or written about other people’s original research.

These materials are fine to be used to illustrate a point, or for otherwise current news, but not to build your argument.

Evaluate web sources very carefully before including them in your research. The main conditions for evaluating websites are:

  • Who is the author? It is important to check the author's credentials to determine whether he/she has the knowledge and authority to supply credible information. Check to see if any contact details are provided.
  • How current is the information? See when the document was created and when it was last updated.
  • What is his/her interest in the material? Can you detect any bias in the content and are you able to determine the purpose of the site? Check the address to identify the type of organisation producing the document. Be aware the commercial interests and some politically motivated sites may not represent a balanced view.
  • What sort of content is there? Can the content be considered comprehensive and of good quality? Does it provide links to other documents? Check on the audience the information is aimed at (e.g. primary school students or university students)
  • Factiva -- Provides access to global news and business information, including full text access to Australia newspapers and newswires



Television news

  • ABC News -- News website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

  • BBC News -- News website of the BBC in the United Kingdom

  • CNN -- Cable Network News channel from the United States

  • TV News -- A searchable database of news and current affair stories, as well as documentaries, broadcast on free-to-air television. Stories are accessible within the database as compressed video

  • World News Australia -- News website of SBS


Fake news is not new, but increasing discussions of "fake news" have surrounded political campaigns and the rise of satire news publications. 

It is important to be aware that not all "news" published on the internet is reliable, and similarly, that not all news claimed to be "fake news" is in fact fake. Just because you disagree with the news piece doesn't make it fake.

Fake news can include content created by non-news organisations to drive web users towards ads (i.e. clickbait) or to spread false information (rumors, conspiracy theories, propaganda etc).

Fake News Illustration

There are a number of websites devoted to fact checking news. A select few have be identified below.

If you come across another fact checking website and want to know if you can rely on it, check if the International Fact-Checking Network has accredited the website.

A joint project of RMIT University and the ABC

Created by Amnesty International. Focus on validating video content.

A worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage.

An Australian based website. All FactChecks are blind reviewed by a second expert.

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Centre. US focus

The UK's independent fact checking charity.

The web site was founded by David Mikkelson, a project begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet, one widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources.

A fact checking site with a focus on American politics.