Finding Music Materials in the Library Catalog

This guide contains instructions for finding music materials in the library classic catalog. For additional assistance, contact the Music Library.  Also try OneSearch for a broad search across library collections.


Music Scores and Recordings - keyword searching
Music Scores and Recordings - alphabetical searching
Materials About a Composer/Performer or Topic/Subject
School of Music Recordings


 

Music Scores and Recordings - keyword searching

 

2. Title box: the title of the piece you are looking for.

  • Opus or work number often works best, especially for works with generic titles like "symphony" or "sonata."
  • Works with more distinctive titles: use the title in the original language, and omit initial articles a, an, the, and their foreign language equivalents (i.e. Zauberflote, not The Magic Flute or Die Zauberflote).

    Caution
    : Many titles which seem distinctive are not the composer’s original title. Example: Beethoven’s "Moonlight" sonata is actually Sonata no. 14, op. 27, no. 2 in C# minor.  Use the opus/work number, not the popular title, in your search.

    Tip:
    If the piece you want is part of a larger work (opera, song cycle, etc.) try searching both for the larger work and the smaller section.

3. Author box: composer and/or performer's name, including ensembles.

5. Material Type and Physical Format drop-down boxes: select the material type you need, i.e. score, sound recording, CD, DVD, etc.

6. Click the search button to conduct your search.


 

Music Scores and Recordings - alphabetical searching

  • An alternative to keyword searching. 
  • Helpful when you want an alphabetical list of all the materials the library owns by a given composer, or on a certain subject.
  • Helpful when you suspect the library owns a work but you are unsure of the correct title and/or if keyword searching is unsuccessful.


1. Go to the library classic catalog.

2. Begins with (Browse) search - from the root bar near the top of the screen.

3. Author - select from the drop down menu. Enter composer’s Last name, First Name (example: Beethoven, Ludwig van) and click the search button.

4. The catalog will return a list of all the composer’s works owned by the library in alphabetical order (example: all Beethoven’s works.) Move through this list by using Next and Previous in the yellow bar.

5. Prolific composers: "jump" within the list.

  • Copy the composer’s entire name as found in the library catalog (this often includes birth/death dates and/or middle names - example: Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827) into the search box at the top of the page.
  • Follow it with the first few letters of the title of the piece you want.
  • Example: to jump to Beethoven’s symphonies, the search box will read:
    Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 symp

Materials About a Composer/Performer or Topic/Subject

If you want to find materials about someone, they will be the subject of the work, not the author.

Tip:
Besides the library classic catalog, look in in Oxford Music Online, which includes the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (also available in print at Ref ML100.N48 2001) or search for journal articles.

Tip:
If you already know the exact title of a book and want to see if the library has a copy, go to the library classic catalog, select "Title Alphabetical" and type in the title, omitting the articles a, an, the.  This method only works for books. It does not work consistently for scores/recordings!

1. Go to the library classic catalog

2. Subject box: name of the person or topic.  Example: Beethoven.

Tip:
for famous composers/topics, you may get many results. If you are looking for information on a specific work or genre, narrow your search by adding additional words describing that aspect.  Example: "symphonies" or "Fidelio."

4. Material Type: select the appropriate limit (usually books).

5. Click search

Alternate subject method to return an alphabetical list (alphabetical searching)

1. Go to the library classic catalog

2. Select the Begins With (Browse) search from the yellow bar near the top of the screen.

3. Select Subject from the drop down menu. Type the composer’s Last name, First Name (example: Beethoven, Ludwig van), or the topic in the search box and click the search button.

4. The catalog will return a list of materials pertaining to that composer or other topic owned by the library in alphabetical order (example: all materials about Beethoven).   Move through this list by using Previous and Next.


School of Music Recordings

 
1. The Music Library collects recordings of faculty and guest recitals and ensemble concerts.

2. Go to the library classic catalog.

3. Author: East Carolina University School of Music.

4. If you know the date, type the date in Title. Write the month and year out in full: i.e. January 15, 2012. If you don’t know the exact date, you can just enter the month and year, i.e. January 2012.

5. If you know the performer or ensemble, you can type them into Author Keyword, i.e. Wacker, Jonathan or Concert Choir. (Searching by performer/ensemble may not work for very recent recordings).

6. Material Type: Sound Recordings.

7. Click search.
 
Guide created by Nara L. Newcomer, 2007, 2011, 2012.

Finding Music Materials in the Library Catalog - ECU

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