Searching the Music Library

Music library materials present special challenges to librarians and library users alike, because they frequently contain multiple authors (composers) and works, and because the works themselves have many interconnected parts (e.g. an aria within an opera, or a fugue within a multi-volume collection of keyboard works).

The following PowerPoint tutorials provide an overview of the issues involved, and give tips for how to tailor search strategies for the peculiarities of music materials:

Developing Search Skills in Music: Part 1 (Pre-Search Strategies)
Developing Search Skills in Music: Part 2 (Searching)
Developing Search Skills in Music: Part 3 (Limiting Searches)

The following document is a two-page summary of the tutorials above:

Developing Search Skills in Music: Tips Sheet

For further assistance in finding materials, please contact Dr. Hamrick at david.hamrick@lipscomb.edu.