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Music 396: Musical Geographies

Keyword Searches & Subject Links

Keywords are critical words used to describe the book or score for which you are searching.  You can combine author or composer with words from a title.

       For example: Franz
      Schubert's song "Auf dem
      Wasser" can be searched
      by the keywords
      "Schubert Wasser". 

Notice -- less important words like:  an, in, the, of  are left out of the statement.  Every word you ask for has to be present in the item you're retreiving, so just use the words you really need.  Opus or thematic numbers are especially helpful when searching for scores!

Narrow your search by format (e.g. "Scores" or "Audio CDs"), location, date, etc. when appropriate.

Genre terms such as symphony, sonata, concerto, etc. often appear in plural forms (or multiple languages).  Try truncating them by using an asterick: symphon*, sonat*, concert*, etc. 





Catalyst: Books, scores, video

To identify books, scores, journal and newspaper articles, recordings, and other materials available at St. Olaf and Carleton, consult Catalyst (on the St. Olaf Libraries homepage).  The "Catalyst" tab searches for articles as well as books, scores, and recordings and acts like "Google" for the St. Olaf and Carleton libraries; it pulls results from the library catalogs, as well as online databases of articles, streaming audio, films, and more.  To pre-limit your search to scores, search in the "Books" tab; to limit to audio (both physical CDs and LPs as well as some of our streaming subscriptions) search in the "Audio/Video" tab.

While Catalyst can be a good place to start your research, not all our online library resources will show up in your results, so be sure to check out the individual databases, too!

Materials at Carleton may be requested directly from Catalyst  and are delivered twice a day Monday through Friday! 

Honing your Keywords

Shortening your keywords --  You can search words with a common root by "truncating" them with an *.

For example: Sonat*  will search sonata, sonatas, sonatina, sonate, and so on.

It's especially helpful to truncate musical genre terms when you search. 

For example: Symphon*  will bring up items using the terms  symphony, symphonies, symphonie, etc.

This is important because genre terms for prolific composers are often plural!

Use just the number when searching opus or thematic numbers -- Avoid using the terms "op.," "opus," "K." "BWV," etc. when searching by thematic numbers

For example: The best way to search for Beethoven's opus 68 would be "Beethoven 68"