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MUS 190: What's So Great About Bach?

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 Advanced Search, or by using operators (AND, OR, NOT, etc.).

About Call Numbers

Scores and Books have call numbers beginning with

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

These numbers follow the Library of Congress Classification System.

Media call numbers at Emory start with

CD for compact disc
DISC for LP (vinyl) phonodiscs
DVD for DVDs

CDs and DVDs in the lending collection check out to students for 3 days.

Books & Scores at Other Libraries

If you can't find a resource at Emory, try looking for the source using WorldCat, a shared catalog for many libraries in the US and around the world. If you find it on WorldCat (or sometimes even if you cannot), you can request the resource through Emory's Interlibrary Loan.

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