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Music, Politics, and the Public Sphere (Class): Locating a Book or Journal

Music is often associated with the creativity, pleasure, leisure, and aesthetic appreciation, while politics are associated with the organization of public life. What then might be the relationship between music, politics, and the public sphere?


The most commonly requested materials in the Library are books and journal articles. The first part of this page deals with locating books, and the second part deals with locating journal articles.

Finding Articles at the University Library

Finding Online Reference Sources


Step One: Online Library Catalog

Search for books in the quick search when you know either the title or the name of the author. For more on searching the Online Catalog, watch our tutorial (click on the image to watch the video):

Catalog Tutorial


Step Two: I-Share

If your book is either not located in the catalog or all copies are checked out, then search the I-Share catalog to see if one of the participating institutions has a copy for you to borrow. For more on searching the I-Share Catalog, and on Interlibrary Loan (step three below), watch our tutorial (click on the image to watch the video):

ILL Tutorial



Step Three: Interlibrary Loan

If the item is not available in the Illinois catalog and it is not available through I-Share, then your next stop will be Interlibrary Loan and Document DeliveryLogin to Interlibrary Loan using your NetID and password. From the ILLiad main menu, select "Request a Book." Be sure to fill out as much of the form as possible. You'll be notifed by email when your item is ready to be picked up. For more on Interlibrary Loan, watch our tutorial in Step Two above (click on the image to watch the video).