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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. Scroll to the bottom of the Omni record to do a Virtual Browse of other materials on the same shelf.

Useful call numbers for browsing topics in music theatre:

   M1500-M1508 (Musicals/operas, vocal scores, excerpts)
   ML102.M88 (encyclopedias)
   ML128.M78 (bibliographies)
   ML48-50 (librettos)
   ML410 (Composer - life and works)
   ML420 (Performer - biography)
   ML1700 (Opera)
   ML1711 (History of American music theatre)
   ML1731.5 (General and History - Great Britain)
   ML2054 (Musicals--History and Criticism)
   MT95 (Plots) 
   MT955 (Production)
   MT956 (Auditioning, Acting, singing in musical theatre)
   PN1995.9 M86 (Film musicals)

Book citation

How to analyze a book citation

Monteiro, Lyra D. 2018. “Race-Conscious Casting and the Erasure of the Black Past in Hamilton.” In Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past, edited by Renee Christine Romano and Claire Bond Potter, 58–70. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Tip: The citation refers to a chapter in an edited book. Search Omni by Title to see if Queen's Library has the book historians on hamilton. Ignore punctuation and case.

Composers and Lyricists

Finding Books

Search Omni, the catalogue of the Queen's University Library, by Any Field (using Boolean operators) Author, TitleSubject or Call Number to find books, scores and other material formats in our collection. 

Use Boolean search operators AND, OR, NOT to combine terms, quotations to do phrase searching (e.g. "west side story") or an asterisk (*) when truncating a word (e.g. music* - to retrieve musician, musicians, musical, etc.) 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.

Examples of Keyword Boolean searches using ANDORNOT to combine terms
Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g. 
      sondheim AND sweeney
      sondheim AND sweeney 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. 
        music AND theat* AND ancient AND (greece OR greek)
        camelot AND (disc OR sound OR video*) (for musical on sound or videorecordings)
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g. 
        "jesus christ superstar" (for musical/opera or song titles in scores and recordings)
         ("musical theat*" OR "music theat*") AND race (use * truncation symbol for keywords/concepts expressed in singular or plural form, different spellings, etc.; use parentheses around similar keywords/concepts separated by OR)
Limit large result sets by library location or by using "NOT": e.g.
         tango* (tip: limit to Queen's Location Music (in Stauffer Library) for music; to Queen's Library Stauffer for dance/interdisciplinary materials)
         sondheim AND sweeney NOT (disc OR sound) (to find books, chapters and/or scores only)         
From your results, select useful titles and click on the assigned Subject to find other books on your topic. E.g.:
Blacks in opera
Musicals -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Musical films -- France -- History and criticism
Musical theater -- History
Opera -- South Africa -- 20th century
Race in musical theater
Race in opera
Sondheim, Stephen -- Criticism and interpretation

Opera Books

Music Theatre books