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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This guide is designed to provide an overview of jazz resources available at the Music & Performing Arts Library.

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Helpful Topics for Using the Catalog

Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog is always a great place to start. Use the filter to the right to limit your results to "Book."

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the topics listed in the record to find related materials. Below are generic topics to help you browse the online catalog.

Jazz. Jazz - History and criticism.
Jazz - Analysis, appreciation. Jazz musicians.
Jazz - Dictionaries. Jazz musicians - Biography.
Jazz - Discography. Jazz musicians - Interviews.

Other topics can help you find more specific books, such as Bop (Music) - History and criticism or Jazz - Louisiana - New Orleans - History and criticism or Coltrane, John, 1926-1967. Always take a look at the topics listed in the catalog record to get hints for searching.

Suggested Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

The following call numbers can be used as a starting point to help you to browse for books located in the Music & Performing Arts Library. Once you've found something relevant, always check the shelves around it for related materials.

ML410 Biographies of individual composers
ML417 Books about keyboard players
ML418 Books about string players
ML419 Books about instrumentalists
ML420 Books about singers
ML3506 - 3509; ML3561.J3 Jazz
MT68 Improvisation (methods)

** Please note that these are only LC call numbers. Some of the collection is cataloged with Dewey call numbers, so always make sure you also search in the library catalog.

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