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Using the Music Library

Find A Song in the Music Library

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a tutorial on basic use of the Library Catalog. If you're not familiar with the catalog, you should begin with the excellent tutorial at www.library.unlv.edu/help/tutorial/index.html.

If you are having trouble locating the song you need, please don't hesitate to ask for help at the service desk.

 Keyword Search 

A Keyword search is your best choice. Word order for this search is not important, as words are searched individually, rather than as a group.

  • From the Library Catalog, click on KEYWORDS to begin your search.
  • At the prompt, enter the title of the song you are looking for. You can limit your search with the drop-down menus in one of three ways.
    • By Location (Music Media for recordings, or Music Book Stacks for scores)
    • By Collection (Music Library)
    • By Type of Material (Scores, CDs, etc.)
  • The results displayed will give the title, location and call number. If you want to see more information on a particular entry, click on the blue link.
    • If you see No entries found after submitting your search, try an Author search, below.
  • If you would just like to browse the song collections on the shelf, the call number range is M1612-M1630.18.
Author Search 

Try an Author Search if a Keywords search has no results. An Author search lets you look for an author, editor, performer, artist, composer, illustrator or translator.

  • From the Library Catalog, click on AUTHOR to begin your search.
  • At the prompt, enter the name of the composer of the song you are looking for in the following format: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, then press Enter.
  • After the search is returned, click on the Limit/Sort Results button located at the top of the page. You will have the following options:
    • To see what collections of songs the Music Library owns for a particular composer, change the Words in AUTHOR drop-down menu to Words in TITLE and enter songs, selections in the box to the right of the drop-down menu.
    • You can also limit your search here with the drop-down menus in one of three ways.
      • By Location (Music Media for recordings, or Music Book Stacks for scores)
      • By Collection (Music Library)
      • By Type of Material (Scores, CDs, etc.)
  • The results displayed will give the title, location and call number. If you want to see more information on a particular item, click on the blue link.
    • If the list returned is large, you may find it easier to browse the shelves in the appropriate section after getting the basic call number for the composer.
    • If the item(s) you need are currently checked out, please don't hesitate to ask at the circulation desk to have a hold/recall put on the item(s) for you.
    • If you see No entries found after submitting your search, try the search again using fewer limiting options.
  • If you would just like to browse the song collections on the shelf, call numbers are M1612-M1630.18.