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MU158/AS158 Experiencing Asia through Music & Art: Getting Started

Tutt Library's Renovation Year

You'll need to request most books (Art books are an exception!) normally housed in Tutt from an offsite storage building.  Here's How to get books during the renovation.

Questions?  We're happy to help.

Hot Tips for Searching the Tiger Catalog!


 To find Asian music resources perform a KEYWORD search using a variety of terms:  instrument names, region/country names, names of peoples, musical genres.  Combine them with the term "music".  Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION so you'll get many formats (books, recordings, videos).  You can limit your results later. Some samples:

  • Beijing Opera
  • Indonesia masked dance
  • Motion picture music India
  • Noh music; Noh drama

To find recorded examples of Asian music (sound/video) use search terms similar to the above: select the AUDIO/VIDEO search.

I can't find it in Tiger!

You can use Prospector to widen your search, including items that aren't owned by CC libraries or are checked out.

  • Access to materials (scores, books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) throughout Colorado and Wyoming
  • Materials arrive in 3-5 business days

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.

Music Library Services

Find Background Information

Best Bets for your assignments:



  • Grove 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 musical instruments, peoples, and regions or nations.  Contains excellent bibliographies, illustrations,links to related articles within Groves, and links to other Internet resources.
  • Britannica Online.  Use this source only for basic cultural and historical information on the community whose music you are studying.

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Print, an encyclopedia of musical instruments of the world.  Scholarly approach, many illustrations, some bibliographies. These contents are duplicated in Grove Music Online.

These resources are a great way to

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Narrow an existing topic
  • Glean keywords for catalog and database searches
  • Leverage bibliographies for the next stage of your research




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 (althought Tutt is your best bet):

  • ML459-1380 Instruments and instrumental music
  • ML3544-3775 National music



Help for Course Project


Begin by taking a look at the resources listed in the box above, Best Bets for your assignments.


 To locate recordings for your project:

  • Search the Tiger catalog, using instructions from the Hot Tips box on the upper left.
  • Browse the CD/LP/cassette collections in the Music Library.  World music recordings are organized by region.  Signs are posted in the collections guiding you to sections specifically useful for this project.  Please ask a staff member for permission to access the CD/video collection.


 You should also search the Tiger catalog (see Hot Tips, upper left); below are more hints:

  • Start with a WORD search first
  • When you find something useful...scroll down and take a look at the SUBJECT on those that interest you, to extend your search. (will broaden or narrow your search)
  • A WORD search will usually reveal more results than a SUBJECT search.

        Compare these searches:

         Japan* music*. 872  results. This is a very broad search and brings up many formats, particularly recordings/videos.


          An asterisk is a truncation  device that allows you to search for all letters coming after the root word you're using:  music* searches musics, musician, musical, etc.

HOT TIP!!-you may broaden the above searches by repeating them in Prospector.  See the small box on your left for information.


 To find journal articles start with the databases below.  You'll find more information on them under the Finding Articles tab.

  • JSTOR is a scholarly journal archives with many Music titles. Although many journals in JSTOR are archives only, JSTOR is now starting to host current content (the most recent issues). It's best not to limit your search to music journals; you'll find articles about music in journals principally devoted to other disciplines.
  •  The Music Index Identifies articles in over 700 music journals. Covers classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world music, including musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, applied and professional topics, music education, and the music industry. 1976-present.
  • RILM covers all types of publications on music, in all media: books, journals, online resources, research-based sound recordings and films, dissertations, and more. Publications represented in RILM originate from 151 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe.  Articles in many languages with English titles.  Not much full text, but very comprehensive coverage-and articles may be linked to other sources for full text-otherwise you can order through interlibrary loan.  Try this!




Music Librarian

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Daryll Stevens
The fastest way to reach me is via the "Email Me" link above. You may also reach me at 389-6126, or 389-6560
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