Check out our new (and returning) databases:
The Craft of Research
Q 180.55.M4 B66 2003
A Guide to Library Research in Music
ML 3797 .B29 2008
Oxford Guide to Library Research
Z710 .M23 2005
A Style and Usage Guide to Writing about Music
ML3797 .D76 2010
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:
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 Information Desk on 2nd floor North (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:
Subject Research Guides
Music Reference - 1st Floor South
Research guides list potential sources for specific subjects such as Beethoven, Copland, and many others.
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.