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Brass Resource Guide

Keyword Searching in the Catalog

When using a keyword search, every entry in the library's catalog will be checked for the terms you entered into the search bar to see which materials match the search terms. A keyword search will look for the search terms among all aspects of the entries, including the titles of the materials in the catalog, the subject headings for each entry, and the table of contents for each entry. This is the easiest method of searching the catalog and is usually best to use for general searching and/or at the beginning of the research process.

Here is an example of a keyword search:

Trombone Subject Headings and Subject Searching in the Catalog

By using a subject search, you can use a prescribed set of terms for library materials known as a controlled vocabulary in the form of subject headings in order to increase the precision of your search. By doing so, you can reduce the number of results that are potentially irrelevant to your search and find more materials that fit your research needs.

Below is a list of searches using subject headings that may prove useful when searching for trombone materials in the library catalog. Using quotation marks will return results containing the exact phrasing of the subject heading.

For scores and/or recordings:
"trombone music" (yields solo trombone music)
"trombone music -- jazz"
"trombone music trombone 2" (yields music for 2 trombone)
"trombone and piano music"
"wind trios" trombone
"trombone with orchestra"
"concertos trombone"
trombone methods
"orchestral excerpts" trombone
"studies and exercises" trombone

For scholarship on the trombone:
trombone history
"instruction and study" trombone
"trombone music" bibliography
trombonist
trombone periodical

Here is an example of a subject search:

For more information on how to locate materials in the library and how to narrow your search for specific types of materials, such as scores and recordings, please see our guide Finding Music Materials under the tab How-To Guides on the page for Music Research Resources.

Identifying Subjects in Catalog Records

If you want to find more items that share the same subject headings as an item in the catalog, then you can click on the subject headings listed in the topics area of the catalog entry. These act as a hyperlink that will bring you to a results page for other items in the catalog that share that same subject heading. Using these hyperlinks can be an important method for finding related materials in the catalog.

Here are where the topics area in a catalog record for an item is located:

Author Searching in the Catalog

You can use an author search in order to find materials by a specific author. However, a specific composer or performer of certain materials is not always listed as the author of those materials in the catalog. The name used for searching the catalog can be in any configuration during the search (e.g. first and last name or last name, first). However, an author search can yield different results based on different spellings for a name.

Here is an example of an author search:

Trombone Call Numbers

The following chart of call numbers for trombone materials may serve as a useful tool in your searching and browsing.

For Scores and Recordings
Material Type Library of Congress Call No. Dewey Call No.
solo trombone M90-M94 M788.241
trombone + piano M262-M263 M788.242
wind duets M288-M289 M788.042
wind + string duets M290-M291 ---
wind + plucked string duets M296-M297 ---
wind trio M355-M359 M788.043
wind quartet M455-M459 M788.044
solo trombone + orchestra M1032 M785.682
solo trombone + orchestra (piano reduction) M1033 M788.242
solo trombone + string orchestra M1132 M785.682
solo trombone + string orchestra (piano reduction) M1133 M788.242
For Books
Material Type Library of Congress Call No. Dewey Call No.
brass history and criticism ML933 ---
trombone history and criticism ML965-ML968 788.2
bibliographies ML128.T76 788.2; M788.2
For Methods, Etudes, and Excerpts
Material Type Library of Congress Call No. Dewey Call No.
brass instruction and study MT418 788.107; M788.107
trombone instruction and study MT460-MT465 M788.207
methods/etudes MT462, MT465 M788.207
orchestral excerpts MT466 ---