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Music : Find Books

Library Resources in Music.

Library of Congress Classification System

Academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System to show a book's location on the shelf.

Look at call numbers and the Library of Congress Classification System for Music. Scroll to see the many subclasses.

The main categories are as follows:

Subclass M    Music

Subclass ML  Literature on Music

Subclass MT  Instruction and Study

Library of Congress Classification System for Music

Some examples of subclasses for Music showing call number ranges

M 5-1490   Instrumental music

M 1495-5000   Vocal music

M 1999-2199   Sacred vocal music

M 2147-2155.6   Roman Catholic Church music

ML 100-109   Dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.

ML 198-239   Writing on American music

ML 240-325   Writing on the music of Europe

ML 385-429   Biography

ML 459-1380   Writing on musical instruments

ML 1400-3275   Writing on vocal music

MT 1-5   History and criticism of music study

MT 90-146   Analysis and appreciation of musical works

MT 170-810   Instrumental techniques

MT 820-915   Singing and vocal techniques

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Accessing an E-book

  • Locate the e-book in your results; the notation will say [electronic resource] within or at the end of the title.
  • Click on the small, blue letters URL or the actual url to open the e-book in the Item Information section of the record.
  • Log off as soon as you are finished; many e-books accommodate only one user at a time. 

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  • Choose "Online Resources" from the drop-down menu.
  • Note: You will need to login to open an e-book if you are off campus. 

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