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Music: Basics!: Finding Sound Recordings & Videos

Start here if you are just learning how to do music research at Butler.

Finding Recordings

Use the WorldCat Discover Box (found on the Butler Libraries homepage) to begin your search for compact discs and vinyl recordings owned by Butler Libraries, PALNI (Private Academib Library Network of Indiana) Libraries and other WorldCat Libraries around the world.

You can select "Music" (and "CD" or "LP") from "Format" limiter box on the left-hand side of the screen when you get the results from your initial search so that the results list only shows those recording formats.

The individual recordings owned by the Butler Libraries will have the following text at the bottom of the brief record for the item:

The jewel cases of Butler-owned CDs are in the music stacks on the 2nd floor of Irwin (northeast quadrant), filed immediately after the music reference collection.  To check out a CD, retrieve the jewel case from the stacks and take it to the Information Commons service desk.  The person at the desk will retrieve the appropriate CD and help you check it out.

Butler-owned vinyl recordings are located on the lower level of Irwin Library (southwest quadrant).  These recordings do not check out and must be used in the nearby A-V carrels in the northwest corner of the same quadrant.  Headsets are available for check-out at the service desk. 

To access scores NOT owned by the Butler University Libraries, you will need to make an interlibrary loan request.  Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" tab/page on this LibGuide to access the ILL tutorial and register.


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The Butler Libraries classify both its compact discs (CDs) and vinyl recordings by accession number.  We hope to re-class them in the next year or so to make them easier to browse.  Until that time, if you are looking for a recording of a particular work, it's best to use the WorldCat Discovery Box on the Library homepage.

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Finding Videos

Use the WorldCat Discover Box (found on the Butler Libraries homepage) to begin your search for Video resources owned by Butler Libraries, PALNI (Private Academib Library Network of Indiana) Libraries and other WorldCat Libraries around the world.

Look at the "Format" limiter box on the left-hand side of the screen when you get the results from your initial search.  You may have to select the "See more" button.  Next, find the "Video" designation and click on the appropriate box.  N.B. The Butler Libraries do not collect VHS or Bluray tapes.

The individual DVDs owned by the Butler Libraries will have the following text at the bottom of the brief record for the item:

The cases of Butler-owned DVDs are shelved in the front of the stacks in the southeast quadrant of Irwin Library's lower level (turn to the right at the foot of the stairs).   To check out a DVD, retrieve the case from the stacks and take it to the Information Commons service desk.  The person at the desk will retrieve the appropriate DVD and help you check it out.

DVDs can be checked out or viewed using the equipment in the A-V carrels in the northwest corner of Irwin's lower level.  Headsets are available for check-out at the service desk. 

To access video resources NOT owned by the Butler University Libraries, you will need to make an interlibrary loan request.  Click on the "Interlibrary Loan" tab/page on this LibGuide to access the ILL tutorial and register.


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The Butler Libraries classify video resources using the Library of Congress (LC) system.  You can see a full description of the "M Class" by going to the Library of Congress Classification Outline:  Class M--Music.

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