Keyword searches are the simplest way to begin research on a topic. To come up with keywords, analyze your topic and break it down into separate concepts. Common terms in music include: instrument/ensemble-specific terms, composer-specific terms, and region-specific terms.
Research Topic: Chopin's Nocturnes
Keywords: Chopin, piano + solo, Paris, Nocturn
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The Title Search is most useful if you are searching for a specific resource. Using quotation marks can interfere with the search results (i.e. search Norton Anthology of Music instead of "Norton Anthology of Music").
Subject Searches use the Library of Congress Subject headings as their search parameters, so you can search for all resources with the same assigned heading, Subjects are hyperlinked within catalog records, so if you find a useful resource, you can click on one of the subjects to find other materials under that heading.
When you Refine results by Resource Type and choose Book*, the system doesn't distinguish between hardcopy books and e-books. To limit to e-books, add the facet Available Online. (See image.) To limit to print books, add the facet Physical Copy. In cases where we have both a physical copy and an e-book version, they will often share the same bibliographic record and be shown together in the full record display.
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Physical books and scores at UT Libraries are arranged by Library of Congress call numbers.
M = scores and other printed music
ML = books about music
MT = music instruction and study
For a detailed breakdown of music call numbers see:
Browsing in the stacks can be an effective and engaging research strategy. If you cannot visit the Fine Arts Library in person, check the bottom of our catalog records for a virtual browsing shelf, showing thumbnails of nearby titles.
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