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Music and Violence


Research Question: Can violent music lyrics lead to aggressive behavior?

This topic will the psychological effects of violent music lyrics. 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:

“Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. 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 "rap music" and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the title “Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music”.

Access and read the following Science Daily article: Violent Music Lyrics Increase Aggressive Thoughts and Feelings…

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: music lyrics and violen*
  • Click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "The effect of auditory versus visual violent media exposure on aggressive behaviour: The role of song lyrics, video clips and musical tone. By Brummert Lennings and Warburton
  • Select Linked Full Text
  • Read the article.

Article 2

  • Use the back button to return to your search results in Academic Search Complete.
  • In the keyword search box type: Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos
  • Click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Policy Statement--Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos on Children and Youth in Pediatrics. Nov2009/
  • Select Linked Full Text
  • 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