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Music 220 -- Seminar in Research Methods and Bibliography -- Dr. Partow Hooshmandrad

Some searching tips

There are several ways to do searches in the online catalog.  One of the best ways to search for music is to search using keywords.

There are terms that will provide the best results.

Examples of such terms include name of composers, names of editors, names of publishers (e.g. henle), numbers (e.g. opus numbers, BWV numbers, Köchel numbers, etc.), genre or form terms, distinctive titles, and names of instruments.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME KEYWORD SEARCHES:

  • brahms and 118 (will find records containing Brahms’s op. 118)
  • pavan or pavane (will find records with either spelling)
  • purcell not dido (will find works by Purcell, except for those with the word “Dido” in them.)
  • “nozze di figaro” (using "" will find records containing the phrase)
  • brahms and intermezz? (example of truncation using the question mark sign)
  • trios and clarinet and bassoon

 

Where are scores and recordings shelved?

Scores, recordings and videos are available in Music & Media on the 3rd floor of the new north wing of the Library.  Scores and videos are on open shelves for you to browse.  Sound recordings are shelved in closed stacks.  You may search for a recording in OneSearch and request it at the Music & Media Service Desk.  Staff in Music & Media will be happy to assist you in finding recordings.

Find Scores and Recordings at the Madden Library and in Libraries Around the World

Need a score or recording? Search the links below for the books we have at the Henry Madden Library and in libraries around the world.

Limit your search to Scores

When searching for scores it is possible to limit your search to scores only.

If you're searching from the box on the Library's homepage you can choose to find resources from a specific collection.  Select Music/Media.

If you're using the advanced search select Music Scores (printed music) in the format box toward the bottom of the page on the right side to limit your search to scores only.

Limit your search to recordings

When searching for recordings it is possible to limit your search to recordings only.

If you're searching from the box on the Library's homepage you can choose to find resources from a specific collection.  Select Music/Media.

If you're using the advanced search select Music recordings (LPs, CDs, etc.)  in the format box toward the bottom of the page on the right side to limit your search to scores only.

Limit your search to videos

When searching for videos it is possible to limit your search to videos only.

If you're searching from the box on the Library's homepage you can choose to find resources from a specific collection.  Select Music/Media.

If you're using the advanced search option select Videorecordings (DVD, VHS, etc.)  in the format box toward the bottom of the page on the right side to limit your search to videos only.