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Getting Started

Browsing the Shelves in the Library

ML 420 Artist Biographies 
ML 421 Musical Group Biographies
ML 422  Conductor Biographies
ML 3518 Books about Big Band, Jazz Band or Dance Band Music
ML 3505.8 - 3509 Books about Jazz Music


Searching in the Catalog

In the BGSU Libraries Catalog, try the following subject searches:

  • Big Band Music
  • Dance Orchestra Music
  • Swing (Music)
  • Big Bands
  • Dance Orchestras
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Jazz Vocals

To find books about big band musicians or composers, try a SUBJECT search of the individual's name (Last name, First name).

To find books, recordings, or scores (printed music) by big band composers or performers, try an AUTHOR search of the individual's name, (Last name, First name)

or a TITLE search of an album title or a song title.

You can also limit your search results by designating a specific material type, such as sound recording or musical score.


Note: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on containers or inner liners.

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This guide was created by Liz Tousey, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.