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Music: Books

WMS Catalog Search Tips

1. When first searching use a broad KEYWORD. Make sure to use the most recent scholarship by sorting the results by date.

2. Once you've found an item that looks promising, take a look at the subject headings assigned to it (they are blue and underlined). When you click on the link, it will take you to a list of every book in the Library with that same subject heading. This is a good way to narrow your search results.

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These books can be found in the Class of 1945 Library.

Subject Guide

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Overview vs. Monograph

An Overview is a book which addresses a time period such as Music Since 1900. Use the index to find your topic; it may be a chapter or just a few pages. An overview is meant to place your topic within the context of the time and larger world.

A Monograph is a book which addresses your specific topic. If you are researching a musician or composer, a monograph could be a biography of that person. If you are researching a genre or style of music, an example of a monograph might be The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven.

  Reserve Rules

1. Reserve books should be checked out even if being used during class time.

2. You may check out books for two hours or overnight within two hours of closing.

3. Books checked out overnight must be returned within two hours of opening.

4. Late fines are 50 cents per hour.