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Western Music History

This guide is designed to help you get started with your research on the history of music.

What do Call Numbers mean?

Scores, books, and periodicals are arranged on the shelves according to the Library of Congress (LC) Classification system. Each subject area is given a specific letter and then these main classes are further divided into subclasses designated by an additional capital letter. Music is organized by the kind of material, which puts all the piano sonatas in one place and all the string quartets in another. Call numbers for music materials all begin with the letter M.

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and is the default between words

quotations " " search a phrase ("sonata form" will find those two words grouped together in that order)

Use the word or in brackets to expand your search using similar terms - (cello or violoncello) will find records with either of those words.          

Use ? at the end of a word to find different endings – mus? will find music, musician,   musicians, musical and so on. This is called Truncation.

Refine your results to CD's or Scores (on the right side of the results page).

summon search

Summon 2.0 -- UVic Libraries search engine

What is Summon?

Use Summon to search across our collections, including articles, books, scores, and recordings. Type in any search terms and click Search

How is Summon different from searching the catalogue?
Summon searches everything and so the results are numerous and can be overwhelming. It is good when you are starting a search and don’t know exactly what you are looking for.

NOTE: If you are looking for a specific item such as recording or score, for better results, search in the Library Catalogue (the Books and Media tab).



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