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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keyboard 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.

By default, when you search the library catalog, you are conducting a keyword search. Here is an example of a keyword search:

Organ 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 organ materials in the library catalog. Using quotation marks will return results containing the exact phrasing of the subject heading.

For Scores and Recordings:

Organ Music – Scores Chorale Prelude Canons, Fugues, etc. (Organ)
Toccatas (Organ) Sonatas (Organ) Variations (Organ)
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed Voices, 4 Parts) with Organ Symphonies (Organ) Concerto (Organ)
Suites (Organ)    

For Scholarship on the Organ:

Organ (Musical Instrument) Organ Music Organ – Bibliography
Organ Music Bibliography Organ – Periodicals Organ – Construction
Organ (Musical Instrument) – Registration Organ (Musical Instrument) – Instruction and Study Organ – Methods
Organ (Musical Instrument) – History Organ Music – History and Criticism Organ – Analysis and Appreciation
Organ Builders Organists Organists - Biography

Here is an example of a subject search:

First, click on the advanced search button, located just to the right of the search bar.


Once in the advanced search, go to the "any field" drop down menu and select subject.

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:

Organ Call Numbers

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

For Scores and Recordings:

Subject Library of Congress
Organ Music M6 - M14.5
Chorale Prelude M6 - M14.5
Canons, Fugues, etc. (Organ) M10
Sonatas (Organ) M8
Variations (Organ) M9
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed Voices, 4 Parts) with Organ M2062, M2072
Symphonies (Organ) M8.5
Suites (Organ) M9

For Books:

Subjects Library of Congress
Organ (Musical Instrument) ML549.8 - ML649, MT180 - MT191
Organ – Construction ML550 - ML597
Organ (Musical Instrument) – Registration MT189
Organ (Musical Instrument) – Instruction and Study MT180
Organ – Methods MT182
Organ (Musical Instrument) – History ML550
Organists ML396, ML416
Organ Builders ML404, ML424