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Music resources available through K-State Libraries

Library Research Guide

Using the Search Tools

Find Books at K-State Libraries

Advanced Search parameters settings

  1. From the Library homepage click on “Search It Advanced.”
  2. Above the search boxes select "K-State Libraries Only."
  3. Change Material Type from "All items" to "Books."
  4. Using the search boxes and pull-down menu categories, try different combinations of keywords. For example:
    • Bartok AND Chamber Music
    • Kansas City AND Jazz
    • Schoenberg AND Lieder

Note that Search It offers useful filters for your results — located on the left side of the results page.

Find Books (and more!) Beyond K-State Libraries

Search It has some awareness of items available in other libraries. If you limit your Material Type to Books, but search the Books, articles + more tab, then you will find some books not owned by K-State Libraries. The library can try to get these for you for free by borrowing from another library.

Search It book record has link for requesting a loan.

Search WorldCat - Information about books, scores, sound recordings, serials, videos, and other items cataloged by OCLC member institutions including K-State. Contains more than 57 million records with bibliographic information and regarding which libraries hold the item in question. If K-State does not own the item you need, click the purple Get It button in the item record to request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Subject Headings

Subject headings are controlled vocabulary used to organize books and journal articles into pre-defined themes or subjects. They provide a focused alternative to keyword searching.

Any (keyword) search contains jazz --> over 1 million results

Subject search contains jazz --> over 200,000 results

Subject search is exact Jazz -- History and criticism --> around 500 results

Find a book's subject headings by clicking on the "Details" tab.

Detail tab located below title, author, and availability information

Try these subject headings in Search It: