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Music: Getting Started

This guide covers the different types of music resources available at Milner Library.

Other Music Guides

Locations for Music Materials

In the online catalog, you will find a number of different locations for music materials.

Floor 6 includes books, scores, CDs, miniature scores, and oversize scores.

Reference materials, current periodicals / journals, and DVDs can be found on Floor 2.

Researching Music at Milner Library

Hello. My name is Anne Shelley. I’m the subject librarian for music. If you have any questions, please contact me.

This music guide can help you with:

  • Techniques for finding books, scores, recordings, articles, and other materials on music topics
  • Getting started with the research process
  • Identifying databases specific to music
  • Linking to a specific course guide

Conducting research is an iterative process. For more information about how to conduct research, consult the An Overview: The Research Process web guide.


This is the first place you'll look for a book on music. This catalog searches the collection here at Milner.

Couldn't find what you wanted in Milner's catalog? Use the I-Share catalog to find books (and scores) in other Illinois libraries. You'll need to set up your I-Share account to request books through I-Share (ask a librarian if you have questions about this).

If you need to look beyond Milner's catalog and the I-Share catalog, Worldcat is the place to go. Worldcat lets you request books and scores from all over the USA and sometimes overseas. You can search for a book in Worldcat and it will automatically fill out an interlibrary loan request form for you (see below for information on interlibrary loan).

This Interlibrary Loan service lets you borrow books outside Milner and other Illinois libraries. You will need to create an account to use interlibrary loan (ask a librarian if questions come up). You can order books directly through interlibrary loan or you can use Worldcat to populate the interlibrary loan order form.

Questions? Contact Me!

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Anne Shelley
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