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MUTH 111: Listening to Revolutions: History, Arts, and Performance II

Book citation

How to analyze a book citation

Plantinga, Leon. "Beethoven, Napoleon, and Political Romanticism." In The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music, edited by Jane F. Fulcher, 484-500. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

The citation refers to a chapter in an editied book.

Tip: Search QCAT by Title Exact to see if Queen's Library has the book oxford handbook of the new cultural history of music.  Omit initial articles (the, an, a).  Ignore punctuation and case.

Searching QCAT for books and ebooks

Search QCAT, the catalogue of the Queen's University Library, by Author, Title, Keyword/Keyword BooleanSubject Heading, 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 or title.
Search by Keyword Boolean using and”, “or”, “not to combine terms
Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g. 
      opera and revolution and france
      baroque and concertos 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.
      opera? and revolution? and (france or french) [use ? as truncation symbol for different possible word endings]
      dramma and (giocoso or comico)
      tango? and (disc or sound or video?) [for tango music or dance on audio or video recordings]
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g. 
"opera buffa" [use for concept of two or more words]
"cultural appropriation"
"serva padrona" and pergolesi [for titles of films, plays, operas or songs]
opera? and "political aspects"
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
         "rhapsody in blue" not (disc 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.

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.

When you find a call number in QCAT on a topic of interest, browse in that call number (LC classification) range for more items on your topic.

Useful call numbers for browsing topics in the discipline of music:

   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)

Useful call numbers for browsing topics in the discipline of drama:

   PN1560-1590 (performing arts, show business)
   PN1720-1861 (drama history)
   PN2000-3307 (dramatic representation (the theater, art of acting), by period)
   PN2219.3-3030 (dramatic representation (the theater, art of acting), by region or country)
   PN621-739 (English drama, by period)
   PS623-634 (drama - plays)
   PS700-3626 (plays by individual authors, by period)
   PS8001-8599 (Canadian literature, including plays)


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