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MUSC 210: Western Art Music: Crusades to Colonialism

Book citation

How to analyze a book citation

Baird, Julianne.  "The bel canto singing style." In A performer's guide to seventeenth-century music, ed. Stewart Carter, 31-43. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2012.

The citation refers to a chapter in an edited book.

Tip: Search by Title in Advanced Search mode in Omni to see if Queen's Library has the book performer's guide to seventeenth century music.  Omit initial articles (the, an, a).  Ignore punctuation and case.

Navigate the Music Collection

Floorplan: Stauffer 2nd floor

Items are arranged according to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION scheme: Class M for Music and Books on music.

Generally, items are shelved alphabetically in author order within each subject class number. Class M (MUSIC) consists of 3 main sections:

  • M - Scores. Scores are shelved in 3 sections, by size: miniature (study scores), regular stacks and oversize.
  • ML - Books on music literature, history and criticism. The BIOGRAPHY/CRITICISM number for composers is ML410. Books are grouped in alphabetical order by the biographee/subject. e.g Bruckner ML410 .B88
  • MT - Books on Music Theory, Teaching/pedagogy or Technique for instrumental/vocal study

Searching Omni for books and ebooks

Search Omni, the catalogue of Queen's University Library, by Any field (combining keywords with Boolean operators), Author/Creator, Title, Subject, or Call Number to find books, scores and other material formats in our collection. 

Use Boolean search operators AND, OR, NOT to combine terms, do phrase searching (using quotes), or truncate terms (using *) to find books on topics, or information in other formats, especially if you don't know the correct subject heading, or specific author or title.

Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g. 
beethoven AND fidelio
beethoven AND fidelio AND overture AND disc
Broaden search using the * symbol to truncate for variable word endings (e.g. nouns, adjectives, singular or plural) or by using OR between similar or possible terms nested in brackets: e.g. 
cultur* AND ethnocentri* [for ethnocentric or ethnocentrism]
music AND theat* AND ancient AND (greece OR greek OR grecian)
tango* AND (disc OR sound OR video*) (for music or dance on sound or videorecordings)
"global music*" OR "world music*" (for synonyms or similar concepts)
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g. 
"oedipus rex" (for titles of films, plays or songs)
"il pleure dans mon coeur" (for instrumental or song titles in scores and recordings)
"cultural relativism" (use for concept of two or more words)
"cultural construct*" (use * truncation symbol to retrieve singular, plural or other word form)
"ordo virtutum" AND (morality OR drama OR play OR allegor*)
Limit large result sets by library location or by using NOT: e.g.
         tango* (limit to Queen's Location "Music" for music; to Queen's Library "Stauffer" for dance/interdisciplinary materials)
         beethoven AND symphon* AND "op. 68" NOT (disc OR sound) (to find books and/or scores principally)
         music AND gender AND opera* NOT (video* OR electronic)
From your results, select useful titles and click on the subjects assigned to find other books on your topic.

Browsing by Call numbers

Browsing call numbers on shelves or using the Virtual Browse feature in Omni is another strategy for locating books on a topic that can lead to serendipitous discovery.

When you find a call number in Omni on a topic of interest, browse in that call number (LC classification) range, physically or virtually, for more items on your topic. Useful class numbers ranges for browsing topics in the discipline of musicology are given as an example:

   ML112.8-158 (bibliography/discography: by topic, composer)
   ML159-360 (history & criticism, by country)
   ML410 (composer biography/criticism)
   ML460-1380 (instruments & instrumental music, by country)
   ML3470-3541 (Popular music, by country, special kinds and styles)
   ML3545-3776 (National music: blues, folk, jazz, ethnic, etc.) 
   ML3797 (Musicology: methods of historical research)

Suggested Books for Musicology