Tutt Library Research Guides
Find What You Need Faster
If you want to find performances or works by an artist, perform an AUTHOR search in the Tiger catalog. This will bring up our holdings of anything she has created (scores, recordings, writings, etc).
If you want to find out about a jazz figure, perform a SUBJECT search. Everyone is a SUBJECT!
IMPORTANT!! You must use the convention of Last Name, First Name when using AUTHOR or SUBJECT searches!
You can limit your search in the following ways:
Try the above techniques as you search for works by and information about Miles Davis.
Many contemporary performers have websites with sound files and biographical information.
BROWSE THE SHELVES!--You'll find sources you weren't expecting!
Libraries shelve like topics together; browsing will help you find something surprisingly useful that you may not have noticed in the Tiger catalog. Try the following call number ranges in both libraries (althought Tutt is your best bet):
Libraries also shelve similar types of musical works together. Search for these in the Music Library.
You can use Prospector to widen your search, including items that aren't owned by CC libraries or are checked out.
To further extend your search, use WorldCat. This is often the best way to find obscure items. Items typically arrive within 2 weeks. Materials you find inside Colorado are better ordered through Prospector.
These resources are a great way to
SUBJECT HEADINGS are a great way to widen your search, leading you to information about a musical-not just a score or recording of a musical.
The best way to find suitable headings is to look in a record you pull up during a search.
Here's a good way to mine SUBJECT HEADINGS:
Compare these searches:
Jazz History Leads you to a list of subjects, which reveals a more appropriate heading: History and Criticism. This yields 175 results. Important! History and Criticism headings are also broken down chronologically by decade, for more specificity: Jazz -- 1961-1970 -- History and criticism
Jazz* Histor* 534 results.
An asterisk is a truncation device that allows you to search for all letters coming after the root word you're using: musical* searches musical, musicals, etc.
Check this out: Perform a SUBJECT SEARCH, selecting VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION, on the term "Jazz". You'll find an extensive list (21 pages) of subjects illuminating various aspects of Jazz. Click on these links to discover more resources.