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Finding Music Materials: Find Scores and Recordings

The Basics

This page outlines some basic tips about searching for scores and recordings, since most tips apply to both formats. For more information on searching for printed music or for recordings, click on the dropdowns under this tab called Printed Music Formats and Audio and Video Formats.

Narrowing Your Search / Tweak Your Results

Use the Resource Type facet to pick whether you want books, scores, audio recordings, video, etc. 

Screenshot of library catalog with filter option

Use the Subjects to determine what an item is about or what type of music the item contains. Subjects will also tell you if the item contains is a score, vocal score, score and parts, etc. and can be found in the details of an item record as well as the filters to the left. 

screenshot of catalog record for recording with subjects

To see the full contents of an item, you must scroll down to the Details section. 

screenshot of catalog record for recording highlighting Contents and General Note sections

Finding Music Materials in the Library Catalog Video