Subject headings are very helpful when finding material on a particular topic. To find useful subject headings, the best way is to start with a keyword search. To do this, go to the library home page, and enter your search term(s) in the default search box. For example, you might try "jazz and history". You will no doubt get a number of items that may be useful to you. However, to make your search more exact, click on "more" under the "Subject" category in the left-hand column. You can click on any one of these subjects to narrow your topic, or if you prefer, use selected subject headings for a brand new search, as demonstrated below under "Using Subject Headings in the Catalog".
|To find books on relevant topics, search either the Tomlinson Library catalog or Prospector more in-depth by using LC Subject Headings. Pay attention to the subject headings used for books you've already identified (see above) in order to find other works on the same subject and also identify subject search terms. Subject headings are assigned to the item by someone who has looked at the item, and can be more effective then regular keyword searches.|
You can also add other words such as "history", or a country such as "United States"
Songs and Music -- History and Criticism
Military Music -- United States -- History and Criticism
Music, Greek and Roman -- History and Criticism
You can look for subject headings when doing a keyword search.
(Book image by Horia Varlan/Flickr Creative Commons)
Music History materials are primarily located in the "Music History and Criticism" call number range ML 159 - 3785 (Third Floor)
Some highlights of the range (not a complete list):
ML 159 - 161 General Works
ML 162 - 197 By Time Period
ML 198 - 360.6 By Region or Country
ML 385 - 429 Biography
ML 430 - 458 Composition and Performance
ML 459 - 1380 Instruments and Instrumental Music
ML 1400 - 3275 Vocal Music
ML 3300 - 3351 Program Music
ML 3400 - 3465 Damce Music
ML 3469 - 3541 Popular Music
ML 3544 - 3776 Folk, National, and Ethnic Music
ML 3780 Music on Popular Topics
ML 3785 Musical Journalism
Some books are too large for the regular shelf and are located in the "Oversize" books. (Third Floor)
If you find the Tomlinson Library does not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, a combined library catalog of large libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.
CMU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Tomlinson Library within a few business days.
See Interlibrary Loan for more information.
If you are aware of an item you need that we don't have, you can request it though interlibrary loan. Try Prospector first, and if you don't find what you need, then request the item though interlibrary loan. This following link will take you to more inforamation.