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Dissertation and Thesis Research and Writing Guide for Music Students: Finding Music Materials: Home

This guide is intended for music students working on researching and writing their dissertation or thesis.

Music & Performing Arts Library

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Music and Performing Arts Library
1300 Music Building
1114 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Subjects:Dance, Music, Theatre


The Music & Performing Arts Library (MPAL) has materials in many formats, including books, music scores, recordings (CDs, LPs, cassettes), videos (DVDs, VHS, and laserdisc), journals, and microfilms. We also have access to many online resources. Information about these items can be found in the library catalog.

Finding Items in MPAL

On the 1st floor

  • Books
  • Play scripts
  • Reference books and collected editions of scores 
  • Journals
  • Media (ask at the service desk)

On the 2nd floor

  • Scores (except for most M1s, M2s, and M3s, which are shelved with Reference)
  • Special collections
  • Group rooms

For more information about reading call numbers and finding items in the library, see Locating Items in MPAL.