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Music Sampling

Research Question: Does the practice of music sampling represent a creative act or theft of another’s original work?

This topic will explore the practice of sampling in the music industry. You will examine the industry at large and consider what the practice of sampling means in the context of the music industry.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

“Sampling.” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture 434-435. Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • 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 "sampling and music" and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the title "Sampling”.
  • Read the article.

 “Sampling.” In Oxford Music Online: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

  • UA Library Homepage> Library Catalog
  • In the search box type “Oxford Music Online”
  • Click Submit
  • Select The encyclopedia of popular music [electronic resource] / edited by Colin Larkin.  
  • Select “find on the WEB”
  • Type “Sampling” into the search box
  • Select the Second entry
  • 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 Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type: music copyright and creativity
  • Click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Facing the Music: Remixing Copyright Law in the Digital Age” by Cochran.
  • Click Linked Full Text to read the full article.

Article 2

Return to the results page and locate the following article:

  • Digital Sampling and Cultural Inequality” by Hesmondhalgh
  • Select Linked Full Text and read the article
  • Read the 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