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Music Research Guide: Welcome


If you have any questions about locating, evaluating, incorporating, and citing sources, please feel free to ask a librarian.

Welcome to the research guide for music at TLU!

1: Find background information in reference sources

Reference sources can provide background material and be a launching point for further research. Here are some examples. 

2. Need books or ebooks? Search the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is the gateway to finding books. Search the catalog for books about opera, piano, or an individual composer.

PrimoDiscovery - limited to physical items in library 

​Blumberg Memorial Library arranges materials by the Library of Congress Classification System. Books on music generally fall into the following call numbers:

Music    M

How to find a book

Want to go beyond TLU? You can search the website WorldCat for books that the TLU Library may not own, and then request them through Interlibrary Loan.

3. Need articles? Search the databases

Databases are large, searchable collections of articles, including scholarly articles. To see all of TLU's databases, visit Databases by Subject.

Here are a few key databases for music:

4. Need recordings, scores, IPA transcriptions, and translations?

--Finding a particular journal--

To see if a journal or magazine is available, either online or in print, look in the Publications by Title list.

--Interlibrary Loan--

Need an item that our library doesn't own? No worries, you can email the title, author and date of what you need to or fill out a form. We can get most (but not all) articles within 2 days and many books within 4-8 days. 

For more information, visit our interlibrary loan page.

--Using databases off-campus--

If you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your last name (Not your network username but last name only) and your 8-digit TLU number.

--Evaluate and cite sources--

Ask a Librarian

Reference desk

TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.


During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian. 



Click on the Ask a Question tab on the right side of a library web page. It will bring you either to live chat, or to a place where you can leave a message. 


830-372-8100 (main desk)

Library directory (list of individual library staff and faculty)