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MUSC 386: Research and Bibliography in Ethnomusicology

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 the Queen's University Library, by author, title, keyword, subject, or call number to find books and other materials in our collection.  Boolean searching can be very useful to find books on topics or information in other formats, especially if you don't know the correct subject heading, or specific author(s)or title(s).
Search by Boolean using AND|OR|NOT to combine terms
Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g.
      tango AND politics 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.
        tango* AND politic* and (argentin* or uruguay*)
        tango* AND (disc OR sound OR video*) (for music or dance on LPs, CDs or videorecordings)
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g.
        "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 Jordan Library for music; to Stauffer Library for dance/interdisciplinary materials)
         tango* NOT (disc OR sound OR video*) (to find books and/or scores only)
From your results, select useful titles and click on the subjects assigned to find other books on your topic. 

Key books for ethnomusicology