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Music 170A -- Music of the Americas: Latin America -- Dr. Donald Henriques

Browse the Stacks

The library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. Because books are organized by subject, you can use this system to browse the stacks and find books that are similar on the same shelf.

810.3 American fiction by Helder da Rocha

Below are some of the subclasses in the area of Music (M, ML, MT) that may help you as you browse the stacks. Please note that books about music (ML's and MT's) are located on the Library's Lower Level.  Music scores (class M) are located on the 3rd floor of the north wing.  Sound recordings are located on the 3rd floor of the north wing.  Their call numbers begin with the letters CD, L and ST.  For the complete Library of Congress Classification Schedule, click here.

M - Music Scores
ML -- Literature on Music
MT -- Musical Instruction and Study

How Call Numbers Work

Here is an example of a call number that you might find on a book:


1. Books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter or letters (ML)

2. They are then arranged numerically by the number that comes after the letters (410)

3. Finally, books are shelved alphabetically by the next letter and then decimally by the following number (.M115 M3)

For more information about finding books using the Library of Congress classification system, check out this web page from CSU Northridge.


A bibliography is a list of citations for books, journal articles and other resources compiled by an expert on a particular subject. They are a great starting point when you want to find out what research has already been done in a particular area.

Bibliographies can be found at the end of a journal or encyclopedia article. They are also sometimes published as entire books. These books are not shelved with the other books on the same subject but are instead shelved separately in the Z call numbers (Z1201-Z8999). You can locate published bibliographies by browsing the stacks in this area or by using the search box on the library's home page using your author or topic combined with the search term bibliography.

Find Books at the Madden Library and in Libraries Around the World

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

Interlibrary Loan

Didn't find the book you were looking for in the catalog? Chances are, you can still get it in just a few days using Interlibrary Loan.

The Madden Library offers 2 types of Interlibrary Loan:


Start here when you're looking for a book. When you search the library catalog, you will see a green icon on the right under Other Sources  that says LINK+. Click here to see if other LINK+ libraries have the book you are looking for. If so, and it is available for loan, click on the Request button and complete the information requested.


Start here when you are looking for materials other than books (journal articles, microforms, dissertations, etc...) that the library does not own. Also use ILLiad if the book you are looking for is not available through LINK+. First time users of ILLiad must enter their customer information before they can submit Interlibrary Loan requests. Once you have registered, you will not have to supply this information again.