This site is intended to help students in Music 501 learn about the Music and Performing Arts Library and how to conduct research. The tabs above list various topics. Choose any one to get started, although if you are new to research you may find it helpful to work from left to right across the tabs. Notice that there are several tabs embedded under the "Finding Music Materials: Home" tab and under the "Finding Journal Articles in Music" tab.
If, during the course of your research, you encounter resources that we do not own, please see the "Materials Beyond UIUC" tab for information about requesting through I-Share or Interlibrary Loan. If the item can't be lent or you really think MPAL should own the item, please recommend that we purchase it.
If you are an international student, or find that you need more help with library terminology, writing etc., please see this guide:
If you have any questions, you can get help in-person or remotely via chat, email, and more. You can also use the buttons bellow to schedule an appointment with a librarian to meet one-on-one and discuss your research.
The following guides will be helpful when you start to prepare for researching and writing your thesis/dissertation and for your comps/prelims.