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Music Therapy - Courses & Research: ARTICLES 2
Separate databases

Searching in Specific Databases

Here is the list of the most useful databases for music therapy. You may choose, at some point, to search them individually rather than altogether in OneSearch or Google Scholar.

Search Tips & Experimental Research Articles

Use phrases and be specific with your keywords; be flexible:

  • "music therapy" AND autistic AND preschool
    • Didn't get very many results
  • Changed it to this, which is more general: "music therapy" AND autism AND children

Search for synonyms like this:

(elderly OR "older people" OR "older adults" OR geriatric)

  • In this example, the parentheses are important--they tell the database to keep that whole phrase together as a command when searching. Some databases will give you the OR option in their provided search boxes--read the screen to know.

Know the difference between Experimental Research Articles and Other Types

  • Experimental Research Articles describe an actual experiment (quantitative or qualitative) performed by the author(s). These articles will include the typical sections found in scientific primary research articles: introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion.
    • The methods section in particular will describe an actual experiment created and performed by the author(s).
  • Other Types of Research Articles will often include words such as "literature review," "systematic review," "meta-synthesis," or "meta-analysis."