Tutt Library Research Guides
If you're looking for a musical, theatre production, video, etc. of a work with a distinctive name (Oklahoma, Trouble in Tahiti, Yellow Submarine, etc. Use a TITLE search. You can limit your search in the following ways:
If you're looking for a musical work with a generic title (Symphony, Concerto, Trio, etc.) try a WORD search with the most specific information you have, such as a key, musical number, etc. and the name of the composer. For more information for searching for works with a generic title, see the Music Subject Guide's page, Find Scores.
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:
You're also able to search for sources about and works by musical groups:
Many contemporary composers 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 Tiger catalog. Try the following call number ranges in both libraries (although Tutt is your best bet):
Libraries also shelve similar types of musical works together. Search for these in the Music Library.
You'll find most of the readings for your course linked from your PROWL course page.
See hints on this page and on the Find Scores and Find Recordings/Videos pages to help you find scores and recordings.
The Find Articles page will help you find and use our many databases providing information on the broad disciplines of music.
This guide provides many hints for searching Tiger to discover music resources.
The following sources will provide additional information:
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 Tiger catalog record that you pull up during a search.
Here's a good way to mine SUBJECT HEADINGS:
A WORD search will usually reveal more results than a SUBJECT search.
Compare these searches:
Music videos 175+ results
Music videos 945 results
An asterisk is a truncation device that allows you to search for all letters coming after the root word you're using: (musical* perform*). This search, in quotes, will bring up results using both those root terms, and will search for additonal letters affixed to the roots.
Major hint: Perform a SUBJECT SEARCH, selecting VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION, on the term "Motion picture music". You'll find an extensive list of subjects relating to this genre. Click on these links to discover more resources.
Useful headings from this list:
There are many more to choose from!
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.