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Profanity and Censorship in Music


Research Question: What type of a role, if any, should the government play in the censoring of music?

This topic will explore the different arguments related to music censorship. You will be required to read and analyze many different types of information sources including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

"Profanity." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Vol. 6. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 514-515. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 8 Jan. 2014.From the UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases

  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type "censorship and art" and then click Search
  • On the search results page, scroll down to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences Click on the title of this article, “Profanity”
  • Read the article.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

“The Obscenity Debate” by Charles S. Clark

  • From the UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type obscenity and censorship then click Search.
  • Click on the title: " The Obscenity Debate " (Date 12/20/1991)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

• In the keyword search box type: censorship and music and profanity
• Locate the article “Culture, Rap Music, Bitch and the Development of the Censorship Frame” Christopher J. Schneider
• Click “Linked Full text” to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box type: censorship and music and teens
  • Locate the article “Brief report: Labelling effects on the perceived deleterious consequences of pop music listening” by Adrian C. North and David J. Hargreaves
  • Click “PDF Full text” to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

Last modified: September 30, 2014