Welcome to the Music & Performing Arts Library (MPAL) guide to jazz research resources!
Use the tabs to the left to navigate the guide, and don't hesitate to reach out to a librarian if you need extra help.
Depending on the types of sources you are looking for, you may also want to check out some of our other guides to finding different types of materials. We are linking a few below that might be particularly helpful.
Browsing the shelves for materials related to your topic can be a great way to identify items that may be useful to you. If you find one or two items in the catalog that seem promising, look on the shelves at the items surrounding them.
If you want to read more about call numbers and how to decipher them, check our guide to Classification Systems. For search suggestions to browse the catalog, check out the next tab of this box! If you're not sure where to go in the library to browse one of these call number ranges, please ask us at the service desk and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction or walk you to the shelves!
Each item in the library catalog is assigned one or more subject headings to tell you what it is about. You can search by subject heading using the catalog's Advanced Search feature.
To search by subject in the catalog:
Here are some suggested subject headings and search tips to help you retrieve the most helpful resources from the catalog:
Start with a generic subject like "Jazz" or Jazz musicians" as a subject: