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Basic music resources guide

Reference Resources

General and subject encyclopedias offer critical information and search terms for research. Print encyclopedias are located in the Library.


Music books, scores, CDs and DVDs are available on stack level 3 of the library. The Discovery search box (below), retrieves materials in many formats. For those available physically in the library, a call number displays.  For those available electronically a View eBook or View full text link is available.

Find Books, Music Scores, CDs, DVDs, and more

The call number tells you the location of a print book (and other physical items) in the library. Image 1 shows where the call number appears when searching through the WorldCat Discovery tool. Image 

Books are arranged by subject which is assigned a number used to locate the item. The benefit of this is that you find books on similar topics in the same area such biology or Spanish language learning materials.Sometimes it's a good idea to just go to the particular section you need and browse the shelves. We use the Dewey Decimal System. See below for a breakdown of different topics, and determine what section you need.  

This system helps us keep materials organized in a way that allows you to easily locate them. However, the system is flawed both in its organization and its historical context.

Read the articles below to learn about Melvin Dewey and the Dewey Decimal System.

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