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Resources for the study of music at Mansfield!

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Reference Resources

The Craft of Research
Book Stacks
Q 180.55.M4 B66 2003

A Guide to Library Research in Music
Music Stacks
ML 3797 .B29 2008

Oxford Guide to Library Research
Book Stacks
Z710 .M23 2005

A Style and Usage Guide to Writing about Music
Music Stacks
ML3797 .D76 2010

Searching for Scores and Sound Recordings

Scores and CDs are located in the Music Library on the 1st floor South. Cassettes and Records (called "phonodiscs" in the library catalog) are located in the closed stacks--ask for them at the Information Desk on 2nd floor North (you can still check them out!).

There are a few different ways to use the MU Library Catalog to find scores and sound recordings located in our Library:

    • Guided Search
      1. Click on “Search Limits”  at the bottom right
      2. Limit the Item Type to “Musical Recording” or “Music Score” 
      3. Click on "Set Limits" at the bottom of the page
      4. Perform your search 


    • Basic Search
      1. Under “Search by” select “Keyword Boolean Search”
      2. Set Single Limit to “Musical Score”, “Sound Recording”, or "Music CD"
      3. Combine keywords with the word “and”
                  For example: Mozart and concertos and horn
        • Select your two or three keywords from among the following information:
          • Composer
          • Title or portion of title
          • Instrument(s)
          • Distinctive number(s) (opus or thematic index numbers)
          • Performer(s)
          • Key

Composer Information

Subject Research Guides
Music Reference - 1st Floor South
Research guides list potential sources for specific subjects such as Beethoven, Copland, and many others.

Uniform Titles

What is a Uniform Title? Why does it matter?

Almost all scores and sound recordings (CDs, cassettes, and records) in the library have Uniform Titles. Uniform Titles help organize music materials, so that the many versions of one work are brought together under one heading in the online catalog. Understanding Uniform Titles can help you search more efficiently for scores and sound recordings.

For additional help on Uniform Titles, see "Making the Most of the Music Library: Using Uniform Titles" below from the Cook Music Library at Indiana University. This site provides detailed information about uniform titles and a great tutorial which assists users in understanding and creating uniform titles.


To obtain a dissertation, you can try to borrow it through ILL, but be aware that most institutions do not lend dissertations, or they charge for lending. It is also possible to purchase copies of most dissertations.

If you don't find an appropriate dissertation citation, go to the Information Desk. Any of the librarians can help you do a special database search for dissertations.

See also our Dissertations & Theses page which includes sites with links to fulltext dissertations online.

Subject Librarian

Frances Garrison

North Hall 112
Mansfield University
Mansfield, PA 16933

Librarian to: Academic and Human Development, Communication, Education & Special Education, History, Leadership, Library Science, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

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