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MU 228 From Stage to Screen: A Musical Transformation: Find Books

New Books in the Music Library

Check back often-these titles will change!

The Encyclopedia of Country Music

A Pete Seeger Discography-Seventy Years of Recordings

Book Emergency 911

The book I want is not available in Tutt and I can't wait for Prospector or ILL.

Search the catalogs of UCCS Library or Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD)

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.

Browsing the Shelves

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.

For a complete list of call numbers for music books and scores check out M is for Music!

Finding Books: TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat

You have access to books from three sources -- TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat:

  • TIGER includes all of the books owned by Tutt Library 
  • Prospector gives you access to books in 22 regional libraries
  • WorldCat lists library holdings nationwide

Delivery Times

  • Prospector: 3-5 business days
  • WorldCat (Interlibrary Loan): 5-10 business days

Search Tips

When searching TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to

  • Use broad keywords from your class reading to begin your search.
  • Refine your searches by adding keywords.
  • Click on the subject headings of interesting books to find similar materials and more search terms.
  • Try the Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus to find variations of keywords and subject headings.

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.

Search Examples:

You'll get many more results when you use a keyword search!


      Keyword Searching

      Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

      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

              Use the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search. 

            Search Strategies

            Goal How To Example
            find a phrase Place quotation marks around a group of words "secondary education"
            broaden a
            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.
            search for
            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
            from showing
            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 

            Music Librarian

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            Daryll Stevens
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