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Woodwind Resource Guide

Keyword Searching in the Catalog

When using a keyword search, every entry in the library's catalog will be checked for the terms you entered into the search bar to see which materials match the search terms. A keyword search will look for the search terms among all aspects of the entries, including the titles of the materials in the catalog, the subject headings for each entry, and the table of contents for each entry. This is the easiest method of searching the catalog and is usually best to use for general searching and/or at the beginning of the research process.

Here is an example of a keyword search:

Clarinet Subject Headings and Subject Searching in the Catalog

By using a subject search, you can use a prescribed set of terms for library materials known as a controlled vocabulary in the form of subject headings in order to increase the precision of your search. By doing so, you can reduce the number of results that are potentially irrelevant to your search and find more materials that fit your research needs.

Below is a list of searches using subject headings that may prove useful when searching for clarinet materials in the library catalog. Using quotation marks will return results containing the exact phrasing of the subject heading.

For scores and/or recordings:
"clarinet music" (yields solo clarinet music)
"clarinet music clarinets 2" (yields music for 2 clarinets)
"clarinet and piano music"
"woodwind trios" clarinet
"wind trios" clarinet
"clarinet with orchestra"
"concertos clarinet"
clarinet methods
"orchestral excerpts" clarinet
"studies and exercises" clarinet

For scholarship on the clarinet:
clarinet history
"instruction and study" clarinet
"clarinet music" bibliography
clarinet player
clarinet periodical

Here is an example of a subject search:

For more information on how to locate materials in the library and how to narrow your search for specific types of materials, such as scores and recordings, please see our guide Finding Music Materials under the tab How-To Guides on the page for Music Research Resources.

Identifying Subjects in Catalog Records

If you want to find more items that share the same subject headings as an item in the catalog, then you can click on the subject headings listed in the topics area of the catalog entry. These act as a hyperlink that will bring you to a results page for other items in the catalog that share that same subject heading. Using these hyperlinks can be an important method for finding related materials in the catalog.

Here are where the topics area in a catalog record for an item is located:

Author Searching in the Catalog

You can use an author search in order to find materials by a specific author. However, a specific composer or performer of certain materials is not always listed as the author of those materials in the catalog. The name used for searching the catalog can be in any configuration during the search (e.g. first and last name or last name, first). However, an author search can yield different results based on different spellings for a name.

Here is an example of an author search:

Clarinet Call Numbers

The following chart of call numbers for clarinet materials may serve as a useful tool in your searching and browsing.

For Scores and Recordings
Material Type Library of Congress Call No. Dewey Call No.
solo clarinet M70-M74 M788.6241
clarinet + piano M248-M252 M788.6242
wind duets M288-M289 M788.042
wind + string duets M290-M291 ---
wind + plucked string duets M296-M297 ---
wind trio M355-M359 M788.043
wind quartet M455-M459 M788.044
solo clarinet + orchestra M1024 M785.6862
solo clarinet + orchestra (piano reduction) M1025 M788.6242
solo clarinet + string orchestra M1124 M785.6862
solo clarinet + string orchestra (piano reduction) M1125 M788.6242
For Books
Material Type Library of Congress Call No. Dewey Call No.
history and criticism ML945-ML946; ML948 788.62
bibliographies ML128.C58 788.62; M788.62
For Methods, Etudes, and Excerpts
Material Type Library of Congress Call No. Dewey Call No.
instruction and study MT380; MT382-MT383; MT385 788.6207; M788.6207
methods/etudes MT382; MT385; MT801.C6 M788.6207
orchestral excerpts MT386 M788.6207