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Music: Music Research

Researching Music

This page is dedicated to helping you do research on music topics.

On this page you will find:

  • A link to our library catalog along with some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind when searching music materials.
  • Preset database searches for music articles.
  • Links to resources for finding public domain music online.

These resources can also be found on our Library Resources page.

Catalog Search (w/ Tips and Tricks)

Use the library's catalog to search for music materials.

Tips to keep in mind when searching:

1) Searching for "music" under the Key Word or Subject criteria will not always give you the best results.

2) Instead, if you are searching for music materials available in our library's collection, then use one or more of the following Subject Headings:

  • Composers
  • Music theory
  • Music appreciation
  • Music -- Instruction and study
  • Music -- Psychological aspects
  • Jazz -- History and criticism
  • Singing -- Instruction and study

3) As you explore our holdings, you'll discover more specific Subject Headings, such as: 

  • Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism
  • Rock music -- History and criticism
  • Music -- Social aspects

These help narrow the focus of the search and can be helpful if you have a specific topic or genre you're interested in exploring. If you want to know all of the Subject Headings for a particular item in our catalog, then click the Catalog Record tab in the item's record. You can click on one of the Subject Headings and it will bring up a list of all the other items in the library that have the same Subject Heading.

Important Note: Keep in mind that some of these subject searches will return mostly (if not all) ebooks and online resources. If you are only interested in book results, then select BOOK under the "Format" option on the Advanced Search page. This will get rid of all the ebook and online resource results and only provide you a list of books under the selected subject.

 

Off Campus Library Database Access

Schoolcraft students, faculty, and staff can access library databases from off-campus through Blackboard by clicking the “Organizations” tab. Go to https://bb.schoolcraft.edu

Databases (w/ Preset Searches for Music-Related Materials)

Public Domain Music

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Kristin Keyes
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Bradner Library
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