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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Music 313: The History of Music I

Catalog Tips

Detailed tips for how to use the catalog to find books, scores, and recordings can be found in the tabs under Finding Music Materials. Below are some examples specifically for MUS 313.

There are several ways to find materials on your piece/topic in the library catalog.

1. Keyword searches

  • "renaissance music"
  • "16th century music"
  • "instrumental music" and "15th century"

2. By composer

  • Use the composer name as an author (if you want works by them) or as a subject (if you want writings about them)

3. Through specific subject heading searches

  • By composer name (see above)
  • By genre--always use plural to find scores and recordings*
    • Madrigals, English.
    • Motets
  • By era
    • Motet - 15th century. (when talking about a genre as a subject, then it's singular)
      • could search with motet* to find both "motet" and "motets"
    • Sacred vocal music - 15th century.
    • Music - 16th century - History and criticism.
  • By topic
    • Performance practice (Music)-500-1400
    • Performance practice (Music)-15th Century