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Music Basics

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

Butler Libraries Catalog (WorldCat Discovery)

REMEMBER:  Use Butler Libraries'Catalog to find:

  1. Books, (ebooks, print books)
  2. Media (Streaming video, DVDs, CDs, etc.)
  3. Magazine and journals articles

Be sure to use the limiters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results!

Also, REMEMBER: Work out some of your search strategy before going online! Think about your topic. Write down key terms, concepts, titles, and the names of key people whose thinking or work is relevant to your topic. Be sure to include synonyms of key terms and concepts. Also, consider important geographic locations and time periods (i.e., geographic and chronological limiters).

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

If you find materials in WorldCat that Butler Libraries do not own, you can obtain these through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)This is a service that enables Butler students to have access to library resources NOT OWNED by the Butler Libraries.  You make Interlibrary Loan requests directly from the catalog or a database by clicking the "Request" button.  If there is no request button, log on to your Library Account.

From your account you can:

  • submit requests (use the Requests tab)
  • check the status of your requests (under the Requests tab)
  • retrieve electronically delivered articles
  • request renewals for loaned items (in the Checkouts tab)

For all ILL questions contact Sarah Damery at 317-940-9677 or

Reference Resources

Books & Articles

The Butler Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system.  This is an alpha-numeric system of classification (meaning it uses both letters and numbers to describe the classification and location of an item).

Here are some useful basic LC classes for music:

M = Scores

ML = Music History & Literature

ML100-109  Dictionaries and encyclopedias

     ML105-107  Bio-bibliography

ML113-158  Bibliography

     ML134  Composer catalogs, thematic catalogs, A-Z

ML159-3797  History and criticism

     ML1620197  By time period

     ML385-429  Biography

          ML410  Composers, A-Z

          ML416-421  Performers, A-Z

MT = Musical Instruction and Study (scores or books)

MT3  History of music education

MT5.5-7  Music theory

     MT6.5  Collections of music for analysis

MT90-146  Analytical guides

MT170-810  Instrumental techniques

MT820-949  Voice instruction

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

You can select "Books" from the limiter list on the left-hand side of the screen when you get the results from your initial search so that the results list only shows books.

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

This link will connect you to the a guide that provides directions for accessing and downloading ebooks within each of our ebook collections.

Butler eBooks: click to learn more


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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