Hot Search Tips!
- you want to find works by a writer, composer, performer, (any person), do an AUTHOR search in the Tiger catalog. This will bring up anything she has created (scores, recordings, writings, etc). Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION from the drop-down box.
- you want to find out about a person, do a SUBJECT search. Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION from the drop-down box.
- You'll find books about music in Tutt Library.
- You'll find music works (scores, media) in the Music Library.
- All other materials are located in Tutt Library
Find Background Information
Start with gathering an overview of your topic!
Your paper can be on any topic related to Western culture within the time periods specific to your class.
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. You need to take a broad view of your topic, so you can grasp its depth, breadth, and historical context. This will help you refine your topic, enabling you to present an interesting argument in a 3-4 page paper. 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.
If you're doing a music topic:
To define your research topic, it often helps to consult some of the standard reference works and tools before searching for books, music materials, and journal articles.
- Groves Music Online. Part of the Oxford Music Online suite, this is the most important English-language resource for music. Use this resource to locate background information on specific types of music (search by the name of the composer if you know it, or by the genre of music). Contains good bibliographies and links to other Internet resources. Provides sources on classical music, ethnomusicology, opera, jazz, and much more…
- In Tiger, start with some Keyword searches. Once you find some sources that are useful, you can look for Subjects to click on to narrow oar broaden you search.
- Searching these types of subjects in the Tiger catalog. Select SUBJECT and VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION on the search page:
You'll see that you can combine/trade subheadings to select the span of time and topic of your search!
Note: SUBJECT HEADINGS treat chronological periods as above…generally, don’t use a span of time, e.g. 1900-2000.
Subjects have also been established for musical forms and types of performers:
Warning! These subject searches are provided as samples. It's best not to try to make up subject headings because they are a predetermined set of terms that you probably don't know. Use Keyword searching, and look for subject headings in the library record..you can then click on these terms to widen your search. See this record and note the subject headings. You may click on them to find more resources.
And, you can BROWSE THE SHELVES!
Libraries shelve like topics together; browsing will help you find something surprisingly useful that you may not have noticed in the catalog. Try the following call number ranges in both libraries:
- ML159-161 General histories here
- ML 162-197 History by periods here
For composer's biographies:
- ML 410 These are organized alphabetically by name of composer.
If you're doing a non-music topic:
Additional General Resources
A dictionary of music, with brief and extensive explanation of terms. Some articles have bibliographies.
Short bios of composers, some including short lists of works and writings, including entries for jazz and pop composers.
Multimedia dictionary of music with sound files and musical examples.
"provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites."
A librarian’s choice of the best of the Web. Lots of annotated links to other sites.