The Music Library collections are cataloged in two places: Orbis and Quicksearch Books+.
Quicksearch unites several search services under one discovery interface.
Search results can be easily refined and re-executed.
You may bookmark the Advanced Search page for future use.
The examples on this guide focus on finding music: particularly scores, recordings, and videos. For additional information on other searches, see the Quicksearch Help Pages
Search up to 5 search boxes (rows) per search
Search within 14 fields, including author, title, publisher, location within a library, call number
Choose Boolean AND, OR, and NOT connectors
Filter by formats including Audio, Books, Video, Notated Music (scores), Archives and Manuscripts
Filter by YUL libraries, such as Music Library, OHAM (Oral History of American Music, and Beinecke
Filter by any language in the catalog (to find a particular language, start typing the name)
Limit by date of publication ranges (for example, 2000-2019)
Tip: for more precise searches, limit to 2 terms or phrases (enclosed in quotation marks) per box
1. The sample search below will return CDs of Beethoven's Symphony no. 5, in the Music Library's Recordings Collection.
Tips: limit to 2 terms or phrases per box; enclose phrases within "quotation marks;" use digital to locate online and CD recordings
2. The Search Results screen and first item are given below. Note the red boxes around the terms that were searched. Click on the title "Symphony #5" to display the full catalog record.
3. Here is the first record from the search results.
4. Request recordings at the Music Library's Circulation Desk on the first floor, giving the call number. In the above example the call number is MLCD 15325.
1. Here's a search for piano works by Robert Schumann in the scores collections (format=Notated music). Notice the choice of "Subject" as the field for piano - catalogers assign form and genre terms, along with names of instruments or ensembles, as subject headings for scores and recordings.
2. Note that in the first catalog record below the word "piano" occurs in both subject headings. You may wish to click "Back to Results" and then "Modify your search" to provide a more precise heading. You can enter phrase headings in quotation marks, for example "piano music" rather than piano music, to be more precise. Alternatively, you can click on either of the Subjects to see all works under that heading, in all formats. You will have to refine your search to limit to a particular composer or format (scores, recordings, etc.)
3. Scores with the location Music Library, SML, are shelved in the stacks in the basement level.
Scores with the location Music Library, SML, Reference Room, ML101M are located on the mezzanine level above the first floor.
In some cases your search terms may retrieve some but not all of the works in the library pertaining to your search, or they may retrieve many irrelevant resources. Looking for the uniform title and refining your search brings back more complete results sets or more precise sets.
Search for Books in a similar way to scores and recordings. Music subject headings for books can be names of composers or their collaborators, form and genre terms (such as opera, oratorio, symphony, sonata), or topics such as Music--History and Criticism.
1. Other useful ways to refine your search results are by using the Facet links to the left of the Search Results list. The examples below focus on facets particularly useful for music, including Author, Subject, and Subject (Genre).
2. Author facets for scores can include composers, librettists, lyricists, arrangers, & editors.
For recordings, composers, librettists, performers, conductors, and ensembles.
And for videos, composers, librettists, directors, performers, producers, and film companies.
Click on See more at the bottom of the facet to open a full list.
3. Sort the list by number of results (default setting), or A-Z.
Right-click on entries that interest you to open results in a new tab or window.
4. Subject facets for scores and recordings will include musical forms and genres, as well as topical headings. For books, they may include topical subjects, as well as names of persons or organizations the book is about. The Subjects below refer to the results of the Bach B minor Mass search.
5. These are subjects one might see for a search for chamber music (using trio and clarinet as search terms):
6. Subject (Genre) facets will point to scores and parts as well as manuscripts or facsimiles for notated music
7. Subject (Genre) facets point out useful books about a composer, such as bibliography (book-length annotated lists of books, articles, etc. about him), dictionaries, handbooks, and thematic catalogs (lists of works, including incipits of movements). The examples below pertain to Johann Sebastian Bach. Some of these facets are still new to cataloging practice, such as Biography, and so we recommend avoiding using those. Of the more than 1000 books on Bach in our library, many more than 72 will contain biography. Exercise reasonable caution.