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Music Courses & Research: Books

What can Book Sources do for you?

What can book sources do for you?

  • Deep-dive into a topic for a length of time
  • Gather lots of studies together for you
  • Have a chapter or two that's very useful
  • Have an introduction that gives you background

Use OneSearch to find books and other physical items in the library

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Search for ebooks, books, DVDs, CDs, print journals, scores, and other physical items in the library.

Searching Tips for Books on Music Topics

Books about music will be at these numberswhether you are looking in the regular shelves, Oversize , DVDs, or the Score, CD, & Listening Area (1st floor).

  • 780 Music
  • 781 General
  • 782 Vocal
  • 783 The voice
  • 784 Instruments
  • 785 Chamber
  • 786 Keyboard
  • 787 Strings
  • 788 Wind
  • 789 No longer used

DON'T BE AFRAID OF OLD BOOKS: Music scholarship is built primarily on what has already been researched, not on what is newly discovered (unlike the sciences). Sometimes, an older seminal work is referred to and counted on even as many years pass.

Notice Subject Terms on the page to use as search terms for yourself. Below, you will see that adding "criticism" as a search term can help narrow a search for critical views on Debussy, because everything that is critical should have this search term.


Borrowing from Other Libraries (free!)

Option 1: WorldCat (libraries around the world--more options)

  1. Get to WorldCat on the Databases A-Z page.
  2. Search.
  3. Select format if necessary.
  4. Choose the item.
  5. Click the ILL link. Login if necessary.
  6. Fill in any additional information.
  7. Submit.

Option 2: OneSearch searching FastTrac (regional libraries)

  1. Search OneSearch as usual.
  2. Choose FastTRAC libraries from the drop-down.
  3. Choose the item (does not have to be a book).
  4. Login to see the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link.
  5. Click the ILL link to login.
  6. -7. As above.

Login to the Interlibrary Loan link on the homepage to see your list of requests to check status, cancel, copy, and more.

Google Books

Since you shouldn't be afraid of old books in music--a book might be the seminal work on its topic to which all subsequent research refers--GoogleBooks could be an option if we don't have what you need. GoogleBooks can only show you a book in full if it is out of copyright--meaning, it isn't that current. 

For books still under copyright, GoogleBooks publishes the legal limit of pages in copyrighted books--meaning newer books will be missing (possibly crucial) pages.

A few examples from the collection

Search or browse--you never know what you'll find!