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Tips for Searching the Online Catalog
- A keyword search searches almost every word in a catalog record.
- It can be a handy way to get started (searching with composer’s name and opus number, for instance) but learning some other searching strategies can make your search more efficient and cut down on irrelevant results.
- Do an author search for composers and/or performers.
- Enter authors’ names in indirect order (last name, first).
- Subject searches use “controlled vocabulary,” an established set of terms that describe the contents of a library object.
- Starting a search with these established terms can cut down on your search time and improve your results.
- These subject headings are used for both scores and recordings.
Sample subject headings for flute music:
Flute and piano
Rondos (flute and piano)
Sonatas (flute and piano)
Suites (flute and piano)
Variations (flute and piano)
Flute and piano music
Flute music (flutes (2))
Clarinet and flute music
Oboe and flute music
Bassoon and flute music
Saxophone and flute music
Horn and flute music
Woodwind trios [various combinations]
Woodwind quartets [various combinations]
Suites [various combinations of instruments]
Variations [various combinations of instruments]
Flute and orchestra
Concertos (flute) — solo with piano
Flute with orchestra
Rondos (flute with orchestra)
- Limit your search by format (sound recording, score, DVD, etc.) to improve results.
- In a keyword search, apply limits at the beginning of your search.
- In all other searches, click on “Limit & Sort Search” after you have retrieved results to limit your search.