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Book citation

How to analyze a book citation

Baird, Julianne.  "The bel canto singing style." 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 Omni by Title 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, etc.

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. "moonlight sonata") 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. 
      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. 
        music AND theat* AND ancient AND (greece OR greek)
        tango* AND (disc OR sound OR video*) (for music or dance on sound or videorecordings)
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g. 
        "il pleure dans mon coeur" (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* (tip: limit to Queen's Location Music (in Stauffer Library) 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 only)         
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 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 the discipline of musicology:

   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)

Key books for Musicology

E-books of interest