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 QCAT for books, etc.
Search QCAT, 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. Keyword 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 Keyword Boolean using “and”, “or”, “not” 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? (limit to Music Collection (in Stauffer Library) for music; to Stauffer Library 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.
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)