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MUHI 4345 - Survey of Opera History : Find Books, Scores, Recordings

Library Catalogs

When you want to find books, CDs, records, videos, music scores, and the like, a library catalog is what you need. The library catalog can help you:

  • Find out if the Library has a book you want, and where to get it
  • Find out if the Library has the right issue of a journal you want
  • Find out what is on reserve for your course and where it's located

When SMU doesn't own a book you need, you don't have to give up--you can often get a book from another institution using Interlibrary Loan. A great place to start for that is WorldCat.

If you need articles, don't look in the catalog! Use an index instead (see Find Articles).

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Search tips

When searching for scores and recordings, here are a few tips:

  • Use the plural form of any genre (e.g., masses, sonatas, symphonies).
  • Use search limits for Music Score, Sound Recording, or Videorecording, as applicable.
  • When doing a keyword search, combine as many unique terms as possible--e.g., composer last name, genre, work number (e.g., BWV number for Bach's works)--in order to retrieve more concise results. If you search just for Bach as a composer, you will have an overwhelming number of results!
  • If you don't seem to be getting the results you're looking for, play around with your terms a little and try again. And if you still don't get what you need, just ask a librarian for help!

Streaming Sound Recordings

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