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Music Research Guide: Find Books

Basic Searching


Go to the  catalog, select advanced search


To find works by a person, search by last name, first name as AUTHOR PHRASE

  • Author = Copland, Aaron finds books, scores, and recorded performances of works by him and performed by him

To find works about a person, search by last name, first name as SUBJECT PHRASE

  •  Subject = Copland, Aaron finds materials about him

To find information about a musical form

  • Use singular form of (i.e., Opera) for materials about operas

To find musical forms of compositions and components of compositions

  • Use the plural form (i.e., Operas) for scores, videos, and recordings of complete operas


If you are unsure of the exact title, or if your subject search does not produce the results you hoped, try a KEYWORD search using 2 or 3 of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find.  For example, to find books about music censorship some keywords to try might be "music" and "banned" or "censorship."

To increase retrieval results use a truncation device with your keywords, such as censor* to search variations of the term, i.e., "censored," "censorship," and "censors."


HINT: Music books that are oversized have the location HON FOL and are shelved nearest the 3rd floor stairs; books without the FOL designation are shelved on the 3rd floor beginning at the windows. 

Performing Arts Librarian

Holly Gardinier
Honnold/Mudd Library