> Title searching works well when searching for books and journals; however, 'Keyword' searching is recommended when looking for musical scores and recordings because it can be difficult to predict how a title will appear on a score or CD.
> If you know the composer and title, combine terms from both for your search. For example brahms "string quartets"
> If you want to find scores or parts, you can include terms in your keyword search to help narrow it down, like "vocal scores" or parts.
> If you specifically want a CD and not an LP, include digital in your keyword search. This elminates most, but not all, of the LPs.
You will find the library catalog linked from the library home page (select the link to "Advanced Search"), pictured below to search for local holdings.
See the screen shots below which illustrate several of the collection and format limiters to try for Music items.
In library catalogs, pieces of music are given added, preferred titles, so that one search finds every version of a piece.
Preferred titles (aka uniform titles) are especially useful because pieces could have:
This tutorial from the Indiana University Music Library is a good introduction to preferred titles for music.
Need to check a title or opus number? Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online is a good place to start: many articles about composers include works lists.