Answered By: Chris Pollette Last Updated: Jun 02, 2015 Views: 30
For popular music and jazz:
Sound recordings and scores (sheet music) are cataloged in discoverE. If you don’t find what you need, please call the Heilbrun Library staff at 404-727-1777 or e-mail us email@example.com.
- Find composers or performers with an author search.
- Find titles of albums, musicals, and other major works (not songs) with a title search.
- Find recordings of songs with a search everything search.
To search the words as a phrase:
Use the adjacent operator between words: moon adj river
Put quotes around the title: "moon river"
(slightly less precise search)
- To find just CDs, scores, etc., use search limits.
- Find different types of music by using subject searches. Below is a sample of subject headings used in library catalogs. (Punctuation not needed in searches.)
Blues (Music)Bop (Music)
Heavy metal (Music)
Motion picture music [used for film music]
Rap (Music) [Hip-hop is used for books about the topic, not for music.]
Rhythm and blues music
Tango (Dance) [Finds books on Tango]
Tangos [Finds recordings and scores of Tangos]
- Make your searches more precise by using operators and truncation.
For classical music:
Searching music in the catalog can require specialized knowledge. Feel free to contact us for assistance. Call (404) 727-1777 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use Advanced Search to combine terms such as author and title. (Composers and performers are treated as authors.)
Finds Beethoven’s piano sonatas edited by Erwin Ratz.
- In Basic Search, use and when combining author with title.
copland and rodeo GOOD SEARCH
copland rodeo WON'T FIND EVERYTHING
- Use plurals for sonatas, symphonies, and other nondistinctive titles, even when searching for only one piece.
sonatas no. 5
symphonies no. 3
quartets no. 15
Why? You’ll usually miss holdings when using the singular term. Learn about uniform (standardized) titles here. They’re critical to effective music searching.
- Use the original language for works with distinctive titles.
Matthauspassion for St. Matthew Passion
Zauberflote for the Magic Flute
(Drop initial articles—[Die] Zauberflote—in foreign titles.)
Why? So you don't retrieve just partial holdings. Get familiar with uniform titles and you’ll be able to find the “correct” form easily. Read about uniform titles.
- For more thorough searching, and if you can't find the work—
- Search for collections containing the piece—e.g., all sonatas by the composer.
- If it’s part of a larger work, look for the title of that work.
- Find out if we have the complete works of the composer.
- Ask for help.
Chat with a Reference Librarian:
Call the Library Service Desk at (404) 727-6873.
Text us a question to (404) 994-3366.