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MUSC 289: World Musics

Browsing by Call numbers

Browsing by Call Numbers

Browsing call numbers on shelves or online is another strategy for locating books on a topic that can lead to serendipitous discovery.  

Useful call numbers for browsing world musics topics or the discipline of ethnomusicology:

   ML460-1380 (instruments & instrumental music – by region or country)
   ML3470-3541 (Popular music – by region or country, special kinds and styles)
   ML3545-3776 (National music: blues, folk, jazz, national, ethnic, etc.) 
   ML3797-3799 (Ethnomusicology)

Finding Books

Search Omni, the catalogue of Queen's University Library, by Any field (using Boolean keywords), 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.

Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g. 
tango AND politcs AND argentina
tango AND piazzolla
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]
tango* AND politic* AND (argentin* OR uruguay*)
tango* AND (disc OR sound OR video*) (for music or dance on sound or videorecordings)
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g. 
"cultural relativism" (use for concept of two or more words)
"tango cancion" (for specific type of tango)
"adios nonino" (for instrumental or song titles in scores and recordings)
"world music*" (use ? truncation symbol for concepts expressed in singular or plural form)
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)
         tango* NOT (disc OR sound OR video*) (to find books and/or scores principally)
From your results, select useful titles and click on the subjects assigned to find other books on your topic.


World Musics book suggestions