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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keyboard Resource Guide

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 needs.

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

Piano - Methods Piano - Instruction and Study Piano - Studies and Exercises
Piano - Methods - Juvenile Piano - Instruction and Study - Juvenile Piano - Studies and Exercises - Juvenile
Piano - Fingering Piano - Pedaling Piano Music (One Hand)

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.

Suggested Beginner Resources