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Music Research: Finding Books

Search for Books

This search box will allow you to search the OCC Library for books. More information here.



Helpful Hints

You can search all of the library's resources in one place from OCC Discovery. Books, ebooks, streaming videos, articles, DVDs...they're all searchable from the here. After you get results, you can use the filters on the left hand side to help narrow the results by resource type (books, videos, articles), publication date, availability online, and more. 

Subject Searching:

Try using the Library of Congress Subject Headings, the terms used by most U.S. academic libraries to describe the main subjects of books. Subject searching on natural words and phrases may give lower or zero results if not the "official" terminology.  

Discover More Keywords: 

A glance at the subject headings in the catalog record for books gives suggestions of both the "official" subject term and new directions to try. 

Search Operators:

Search operators can be used within the Basic Search:

  • AND = type more than one word
    united states AND race
  • NOT = use minus sign 
    Colin Kaepernick NOT Powell
  • Quote (exact phrase) Search = use quote marks around the phrase
    "civil rights"

Locating Books in the Library

Locating a Book on the Shelf

To find a book on the shelf in the library, you need 2 pieces of information from the book record:

  • The status (to get it today, it should say Available).

  • The call number.

Image of book record showing book availability and call number.

Browse the Shelves for Music and Books on Music

Below are the major sections of Library of Congress call numbers for Music. You can go to these letters on the library shelves and you will find the books about each subject area. These are the same for any library that uses the Library of Congress Classification system. 

Call Number   Topic
M   Music: collections, instrumental and vocal scores 
ML   Literature on Music
 159- 3785

History and Criticism


Music trade, as a profession, Musical research


Philosophical and social aspects of music

MT   Instruction and study of Music

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online: M subclasses

Searching for Books

OCC Discovery lets you search for books, articles, videos and other materials that are available in the OCC Library.

When you know exactly what you want:

  • Search "Books & Media" by all fields, title, author, subject, ISBN, or call number.