The library catalog includes descriptions of materials in all UIUC campus libraries including materials we have online access to. However, not all of our online content (like some streaming audio and video) is included in the catalog and it is best to also check those tools in addition to the catalog.
When searching in our catalog, you'll also see what's available at other I-Share libraries. The I-Share system allows you to request and borrow materials from 129 other libraries in the state of Illinois. So, if our copy is checked out, you can request a copy from another library! Search the I-Share Catalog will also allow you to see materials those libraries own but we do not.
NOTE: What you won't find in the library catalog are individual journal articles--to find those you'll need to use one or more journal databases. Check out our Finding Journal Articles in Music guide below.
One of the most useful research skills is learning how to evaluate and read the records you get after you search in a catalog.
Let's take a look at a few examples...
This is the top of a catalog record which includes the following information:
The Get It section tells you just that... how to get it!
6. Where the item is located (location, call number) and whether it is on the shelf
7. Whether the item can be borrowed/requested
8. Whether other I-Share libraries also have the title available
The Details section can be really useful for understanding exactly what the item includes or what the item is about. Below are examples for several different formats.
For recordings, there are a few key things to know:
For scores, check the Subject or Genre to see if it is just a score, a score with parts, a vocal score, etc. If it's a collection of works, the Contents will tell you which are included, just like with recordings.