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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Savvy Researcher: Finding Music Materials

Learn how to effectively use the library's online catalog to find recordings and printed music at the Music and Performing Arts Library. Also looks at online tools that provide printed music and audio.


This guide will help you become familiar with the Music and Performing Arts Library's holdings and provide tips for finding music materials such as printed music and audio and video recordings in the online catalog. It will also introduce you to some of the online tools that the Library subscribes to that offer you free access to printed music and audio online.

** The Printed Music Formats and the Audio and Video Formats tabs above will explain the different formats found in our collections and show examples of how these appear in the online library catalog.

** The Finding Music Materials tab and its sub-tabs will explain different print and audio/video formats and how to effectively search the catalog for items in these different formats.

** The Online Music Resources tab provides links to several online sources for printed music and audio.

** The Access tab explains how to locate materials in our library, what our circulation policies are, options for listening to or viewing items in our library, and information about how to access the online resources from off-campus.

If you have any questions, please contact us!