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Ethnomusicology, World Music, and Folk Music Guide: Books

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IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
A major source for scores in the public domain.

Call Numbers for Books & Scores

The Library of Congress Classification System is used by Emory and most academic libraries in the U.S.   Call numbers for music start with

M for scores
ML
for music literature
MT
for instruction and study.

For browsing in the books and scores stacks, you may wish use the link above to identify areas of interest by call numbers.
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DiscoverE's CATALOG section finds books at Emory, as well as CDs, DVDs, scores, microfilm, databases, journals, etc.

The default search is for all the words you type in.  AND is assumed, so your results will exclude catalog records that contain only some of your words.

Truncation symbol: * (cultur* finds culture, cultural, culturally, . . . )

Wildcard: ? (wom?n finds woman, women, . . . )

Basics of Searching

Basics of Searching

  • Searching personal names
    • For works about a person, search the person’s name as a subject.
    • For works (books, films, etc.) by a person, search the name as an author.
    • Composers and performers are considered authors.
  • Searching by subject
    • Use the catalog's terminology (sometimes called "controlled vocabulary").
    • When you find any useful title, look at the whole catalog record and find the subject heading(s) assigned to that title.  Then search on those headings to find similar titles.
  •  Combine terms using Complex or Advanced Search, or by using operators (AND, OR, NOT, etc.).

Books at Other Libraries

WorldCat
Catalog of the holdings of over 11,000 libraries in the U.S. and abroad, including books, sound recordings, videos, and other materials.  Use Interlibrary Loan to obtain these materials.

Truncation symbol: * (use after 3 or more characters)
Plurals: + finds plurals formed with either -s or -es. wax+ finds wax and waxes.

Interlibrary Loan

Emory's Interlibrary Loan service can get items you need from other libraries.

  • Read about I.L.L. at Emory.
  • Place a request online.
  • Vital! — If you need the item by a certain date, always note that in your request.  The staff will do everything they can to get your materials by then, but try to allow at least two weeks.
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