Music (Books & Media)

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Music Books & Media

How to Find books, videos, and other materials in Steely Library.

  • These are suggestions only and do not reflect the full range of materials that may be useful to you.
  • If you need additional assistance, Ask Steely Library!

For locating specific items, including videos in the Media Collection, using the library's catalog, NKUIRE, is recommended. Keyword, Author, Title, and Subject are among the ways you can search.

For Non-Print Media (videos, DVDs, CDs, slides, etc.), Consider the "Media Searches" tab atop the NKUIRE search page.

WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 49 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information from 2100 B.C.E. to the present. Includes holdings information from libraries across the world. Now includes the Library of Congress Subject Headings as its thesaurus. If Steely Library does not own a title, it may be requested through SourceFinder.

Browsing for books in Steely's Reference and Circulating collections can be very useful

For Music, the following call number areas are suggested:

All musical scores have call numbers beginning with M.

  • M1-5000 - Music
  • M4-1480 - Instrumental Music
  • M1495-2199 - Vocal Music

Call numbers beginning with ML are assigned to resources that talk about music.

  • ML1-3930 - Literature on Music
  • ML159-3785 - History and Criticism
  • ML3469-3541 - Popular Music (History and Criticism)

Call numbers beginning with MT are assigned to information about the theory of music.

  • MT1-960 - Instruction and Study
  • MT170-810 - Instrumental Techniques
  • MT820-915 - Singing and Vocal Techniques
  • MT918-948 - School Music

The Music Research Guide is maintained by Jennifer Smith. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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