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Music Guide

In the Catalog

Use the U of M catalog as your first option for locating books, e-books, scores, journal titles (but not individual articles), audio and video recordings, electronic databases, and microfilm or microfiche.

For tips on searching:  Keyword,  Author/ComposerTitle,   SubjectNumberAdvanced Search.

Don't forget to search for ebooks as well as those in hard copy.  Most of the titles in our collections of ebooks will be found in the catalog as you search, but some collections are not included.  It is important to check the collections themselves.  Click on the "Find ebooks" tab above to search for titles and to see video tutorials on searching and downloading ebooks.

On the Shelves

Books and scores are given Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, which group similar materials together. Understanding the components of a call number will help you browse the shelves effectively. 

M- Music Scores
ML - Literature on Music (biographies, histories, dictionaries 
MT - Instruction and Study (theory, composition, pedagogy, self-instruction, excerpt books) 

Overview of LC classification for Music - M 

Anatomy of a Call Number for Scores

Basic information, found in all call numbers

M

Overall classification – Music Score

311

Narrower term – Piano Trios

B4

Composer (Author) - Beethoven

Further information , to distinguish among similar items.  Not all call numbers have the same number of lines.

R37

Editor – Rafael

1983

Publication Date - 1983

 

 

Sheet Music Digital Collections