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MU182: Emotion and Meaning in Music: Find Books

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.

Looking for a composer?

If you want to find out about a composer, do a SUBJECT search.

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).

IMPORTANT!!  You must use the convention of Last Name, First Name when using these 2 searches!

Many contemporary composers have websites with sound files and biographical information.

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!

Find Books: Catalog, Prospector, and Worldcat

You have access to books from three sources -- the Library Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat:

  • Catalog 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:

KEYWORD SEARCHING VS. SUBJECT SEARCHING- Excellent tips from the University Library at University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign.

      Keyword Searching

      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

      Search Strategies

      Search Goal How To Example
      find a phrase

      Place quotation marks around a group of words

      "secondary education"
      broaden a
      Use an asterisk (*) at the
      end 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


      OR searches for items that have at least one of the keywords

      educat* AND secondary retrieves documents that have both words


      educat* OR secondary 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 secondary will not show up in the search results

      look for words near one
      use "near" in between keywords
      educat* "near" secondary 

      Music Librarian

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      Daryll Stevens
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