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MUSIC: SUBJECT GUIDE: Books & more

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Searching Music in Primo

General Primo Search Tips

To find composers, conductors, or performers, use Primo advanced search by author.

To find titles of a particular work or album title, use Primo advanced search by title.

To search by subject for a form of performance, including genre of music or instrumentation, use Primo advanced search by subject.

Use keyword searching when looking for words in the titles, the subjects, and the contents notes. For this reason, you can sometimes find titles (and even composers) through keyword that you cannot find through a regular author or title search.

 

When searching for musical compositions, keep these tips in mind.

Ensembles are qualified by instrumentation.

Musical form is followed by instrumentation

 

Call Numbers to Browse

If you're interested in a broad topic in music, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters. If you would like to see a more detailed list, try the Library of Congress M Classification Outline.

  • M: Music
    • M5-1480 Instrumental music
    • M1495-2199 Vocal music
  • ML: Literature on Music
    • ML159-3785 History and criticism
  • MT: Instruction and Study
    • MT170-810 Instrumental techniques
    • MT820-915 Singing and vocal technique

Check out the detailed map of the music collection shelved on the second floor.

Locations of books

  • New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!

Google Books

Use Google Books to search the text of a book.

Google Book Search

Films on Demand

Search Films on Demand for online streaming access to thousands of films from Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

E-books

E-books in Collins Library are fully integrated into Primo Search! 

Consult the e-books guide to find out more about finding and using our growing e-book collection.

Images from ARTStor

In ARTstor there are images that depict music scores, composers, performers, and instruments throughout music history. Of note are the images of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and Princeton University Library.