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Music: Books

Music Books

The IRSC Libraries (and most other college libraries) organize their books with the Library of Congress Classification System. This system ensures that similar books are located together on the libraries' shelves. Music books are in the "M" section, though the dramaturg may find relevant source material in any call number range depending on his research needs. Browsing through this section might be a good way to start researching a musical topic. The IRSC Libraries' have both the latest books of musical scholarship as well as classic texts in the study of music. 

You'll also find many ebooks while searching the library catalog for music topics. Scroll down for instructions on using ebooks. 

When to Use the Online Catalog

The catalog is your main access point to locate physical materials found within the library, as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks. Print books, eBooks, print journals, DVDs, audiobooks, and government publications can all be found by conducting a keyword, author, title, or subject search in the catalog. You may also find Internet resources in the catalog. Click here to access IRSC's online library catalog

The catalog search will look for words in the title, abstract, major subject headings, and (sometimes) tables of content. When searching the catalog, it is important to remember that you are not searching the full text of these items. For this reason, you will get a much smaller, but more precise, return on a search than you would in a database or Internet search. If you have a very narrow search term, you will need to use broader terms to find materials on the subject.