This tutorial was created in Fall 2020 by MPAL GA, David Floyd.
Once you find something in the results list that looks promising, open the full record for the item and take a look. Is the book available in more than one library and is it on the shelf? Make sure to note this before you make the trip over to the library.
The Music and Performing Arts Library uses both the Dewey Decimal Classification system and the Library of Congress Classification system for our call numbers. New items get LC numbers (GV: dance; M, ML, MT: music; PL, PN, etc: theatre) while older items have Dewey numbers. This means you may need to look in more than one place for items on your topic. The exception is the reference collection--all reference books and scores have LC numbers.
For more information about reading LC call numbers, see this guide.
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Stacks
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Media Collection
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Plays Collection
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Reference Non-circulating
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Periodicals
Location: Music & Performing Arts Library Special Collection
Several other libraries on campus have materials relating to music, dance, or theatre. There are materials in the Main Stacks and several of the departmental libaries (e.g., the Main Library may have materials relating to music business, the Literatures and Languages Library has materials relating to theatre, the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library will have materials relating to education and kinesiology (dance)). In addition, many older, less-used items are in our off-site location (Location: Oak Street Facility [request only]) and many films are located in the Undergraduate Library (Location: Undergraduate Media Collection).