Tutt Library Research Guides
The book I want is not available in Tutt and I can't wait for Prospector or ILL.
It's 5AM and I need one more book for my paper.
Try Google Books -- the book you need may have full or partial viewing.
The popular book for my class is sold out at the Worner book store.
Check out Poor Richard's Book Store just down the street on Tejon.
WorldCat lists library holdings nationwide. You can get an overview of the entire musical landscape (in all formats, even some articles!) in one search. You'll discover, in one search, what items are held in Tiger, Prospector, and other libraries.
You should allow 5-10 business days to get items from WorldCat (Interlibrary Loan).
Check out this search: l'homme arme and notice the comprehensive results!
If you want to find works by a composer, do an AUTHOR search in the Tiger catalog. This will bring up anything she has created (scores, recordings, writings, etc).
If you want to find out about a composer, do a SUBJECT search.
For both of these searches, use this order-last name, first name:
Books on the same topic and scores for the same performance forces often have similar call numbers.
Once you find a good book or score in the stacks, browse the shelves for similar items.
Here are some useful call numbers:
ML170-ML194-You'll find, interpersed, literature on Renaissance music.
ML410- For biographies, or critical or historical discussions of a composer’s work. Search by composer’s last name, A-Z.
For a complete list of call numbers for music books and scores check out M is for Music!
You have access to books from three sources -- the Library Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat:
When searching the Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to
Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.
Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more.
To find general information on Renaissance music, as well as writings about your composer, piece:
Select View Entire Collection. If you want to filter out results for scores and recordings in your search, you may limit your results. Click on the button and select PRINTED MATERIAL from the MATERIAL TYPE drop-down box.
Use the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search.
Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)
Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.Example: vegetarianism and environment
Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.
Example: global warming or climate change
Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search
Example: emissions trading not United States
Additional Search Tips
"Phrase search" - Use quotation marks (" ") to search for a particular phrase.Example: "greenhouse gas emissions"
Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.Example: environment* (finds environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.)
(Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.Example: (climate change or global warming) and population growth
|find a phrase||Place quotation marks around a group of words||"secondary education"|
Use an asterisk (*) at theend of a word to search for variations of a word at one time
|educat* searches for educate, educating, education, etc.|
|AND searches for items that contain both keywords||educat* AND teach* retrieves documents that have both words|
|OR searches for items that have at least one of the keywords||educat* OR teach* pulls items with either word|
stop a keyword
up in results
|NOT excludes items with a specific keyword||educat* NOT secondary means that any items with the word Europe will not show up in the search results|
look for words near one another
|use "near" in between keywords||educat* near secondary|