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MUS 781 Introduction to Music Bibliography

The purpose of this guide is to organize the most relevant USD Library resources for participants in MUS 781.


Use course materials and reference tools such as Grove or history texts to identify certain composers or types of music you want to focus on. Then use the tips below and at left to find more materials about them in the library catalog.

Catalog Searching

Library Catalog. USD's online library catalog contains full information (bibliographic records) for books, scores, recordings, etc. 
Find books, recordings, DVDs, journals, music scores, and more held at USD and in other Regental Universities in South Dakota. Direct export of records to EndNote. Start here to request things we don't own with Interlibrary Loan.

A catalog containing the holdings for most of the academic and many of the public libraries in the country and some from other countries. Also great for direct export of records to EndNote. Direct links to request things we don't own with Interlibrary Loan.

The European Library 
Access to many of the European libraries' catalogs and digital content.

Directory of National Libraries 
Links to National Libraries around the world.

There are several ways to find materials on your piece/topic in the library catalog

What catalog to use?  See "A Word About Catalogs".

1. By composer

Use the composer name as an author (if you want works by them) or as a subject (if you want writings about them)

 2. Through subject heading searches

By composer name (see above)

By genre--always use plural to find scores and recordings*

Madrigals, English.


By era

Motet - 15th century. (when talking about a genre as a subject, then it's singular)*

Sacred vocal music - 15th century.

Music - 16th century - History and criticism.

*could search with motet* to find all "motet" and "motets" (or motet? in the old catalog)

By topic

Performance practice (Music)-500-1400

Performance practice (Music)-15th Century

3. Keyword searches

"renaissance music"

"16th century music"

"instrumental music" and "15th century"

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