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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Musical Theatre

Using the Catalog

When you search in the library catalog you are conducting what is known as a keyword search. A keyword search will check the terms you enter against almost every word in every part of an item's catalog record. If you're not sure of the exact title, perform a keyword search with the words you know (and the author's last name if you know it). This is often the easiest way to start your search.

If you'd like to immediately filter to only books, begin by clicking on the advanced search button, located just to the right of the search bar. 

Once in the advanced search, go to the "Materials Type" drop down menu and select either "Books"

Please also reference the Finding Music Materials: Find Books LibGuide for more information. 

Subject Headings when Using the Catalog

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the subjects listed in the record to find related materials. Below are generic musical theatre subjects to help you browse the online catalog.

Musicals Musicals - History and Criticism Musicals - Bibliography
Musicals - Stories, Plots, etc. Musicals - Librettos Musical - Production and Direction
Musicals - Scores Musicals - Auditions Musical Theater
Musical Films Musical Films - History and Criticism  Musical Theatre

Once you find something that's relevant, always take a look at the topics listed in the catalog record to get hints for searching.

Suggested Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

The following call numbers can be used as a starting point to help you to browse for books located in the Music & Performing Arts Library. Once you've found something relevant, always check the shelves around it for related materials.

Subjects LC Call Numbers
General and History ML1711, ML2054
Musicals M1500-M1508
Film Musicals PN1995.9 M86
Acting in Musical Theatre MT956
Production MT955
Plots MT95
Librettos (stage) ML48-50
Librettos (film musicals) ML52.65-.7
Encyclopedias ML102.M88
Bibliographies ML128.M78

** Please note that these are only Library of Congress call numbers. Some of the collection is cataloged with Dewey call numbers, so always make sure you also search in the library catalog.

Selected Books