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Music: Finding Books/Scores

This is a guide to web sites and library resources to support research and exploration in music.

Search Library Catalogs for Scores

Searching for music scores? Search Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" scope. If Andersen Library (or Rock's library) doesn't have it, then search other UW libraries. You can have materials from the Rock campus library, or from other UW libraries, sent to Andersen Library. See the "Getting Materials from Other Libraries" tab.

  •  Search for keywords, e.g., [composer last name] and ["title of work"], and when results display make selections on the left under "Refine My Results" and "Resource Type" (Audio or Video for audio or video recordings, Scores for scores). Example: mozart AND "cosi fan tutte" If it is part of a larger work, like an opera, you may need to search for the title of the larger work.
  • A specific title may be in a collection of the composer's works, or in a collection of several composers' selected works, without being listed in the catalog description of the collection. Do searches for combinations of words or phrases such as [composer last name] and works, e.g., brahms AND works and then on the left of the results under "Resource Type" select Scores. Other possible words to combine include songs, genres, time periods, etc.

Note: Collected works of a composer may have a non-English title such as "Samtliche Werke," but catalogs usually add a "uniform title" of "Works" to make it easier to find these sets.

Here's a screenshot of an example:

Search for Books, Media, & More @ UWW

Research@UWW Books & Media search button

Use this box to quickly search Research@UWW for books, media, and more at UW-Whitewater.


Library of Congress Classification for Music (Call Numbers)

Call numbers on library books/scores group them by topic or genre. Most books dealing with music have call numbers starting with M. Lettered areas are further subdivided by additional letters and/or numbers (see examples below). You can use this information to browse library shelves.

In general:

M = scores/printed music

ML = books about music

MT = music instruction & study