North Hall Library



Resources for the study of music at Mansfield!

New Resources

Check out our new (and returning) databases: 

Looking for Articles?

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

Looking for documentaries?

If you're looking for academic videos or documentaries, you can always check the catalog to see what we have in the 3rd floor Atrium (where our academic DVDs are), or check out the following database: 

Recordings @ North Hall


Scores @ North Hall


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") are located in the closed stacks--ask for them at the Library Service Desk (you can check them out or listen to them in the library).

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

  • Search
    • The default search box searches by keywords.  You might select your two or three keywords from among the following information:
      1. Composer
      2. Title or portion of title
      3. Instrument(s)
      4. Distinctive number(s) (opus or thematic index numbers)
      5. Performer(s)
      6. Key
  • Advanced Search
    • You can choose specific fields (i.e. author or composer, title, or subject heading) to search
  • Limits
    • Once you have a list of titles, you can use the facets on the left to limit your results to one of the following:
      • Resource Type - Scores
      • Resource Type - Audio visual
      • Library Location - Closed Stacks
      • Library Location First Floor South - CD

Other Free Websites to Try Searching for Scores: 

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 Library Service 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

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Holly Jackson

112 North Hall Library
Mansfield University
Mansfield, PA 16933

Librarian for: African American Studies, English, First Year Experience, History, international students, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Student Success Services, World Languages

Pronouns: she/her

Music Websites

The Cadence