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Music Research Guide: Welcome

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 books

Reference books can provide background material and be a launching point for further research. The following titles are great starting points, but you can find many more in the library catalog advanced search with the Location limited to Reference. You can also search for e-reference items using our Gale Virtual Reference Library, Credo Reference or Reference Universe.

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.

 

Advanced Search

​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

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:

--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 ill@tlu.edu 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.

Visit

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

Email

librarian@tlu.edu

Chat

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. 

Call

830-372-8100 (main desk)

Library directory (list of individual library staff and faculty)

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