The library catalog is your best gateway for discovering research material. To access the catalog through the Music and Performing Arts Library home page, click the Catalogs link on the upper left side of the page.
Then click the "Library Catalog" link.
In these drop-down boxes, you can search by keyword, title, author, subject, or ISBN, as well as search U of I's catalog or all I-Share library catalogs (if U of I does not hold the item). When getting started, searching by keyword and subject will be your best option.
In the library catalog, you can do your own searches by keyword, title, author, subject, and ISBN. Searching by subject can provide you with great lists of materials that cover a certain topic. When searching by "subject," try these subject headings to get started:
If you're interested in browsing the shelves, note that materials are held in both the Music and Performing Arts Library and the Main Stacks. Also, materials are classified in two different systems: Dewey and Library of Congress. Here are the call number ranges for stage lighting and theatrical design.
You may also be interested in looking at this guide for Library of Congress theater classification numbers.