Finding music in the library catalog can be a challenge, but once you learn some basic techniques it becomes much easier.
The ND Catalog allows enhanced keyword searching and filtering based on numerous facets. For example, you can search for a specific composer, and then limit that search to scores only. If you prefer the old catalog, you can always use it by clicking on the links for Catalog Classic. The search tips in this guide apply to both catalogs.
OneSearch will allow you to search our library catalog as well as a large database of articles and free resources. Results can be somewhat overwhelming and irrelevant, but often will turn up something you weren't expecting. Give it a try! You can always limit by books, CDs, etc. to see those items only.
Keywords are key: When searching, use keywords and avoid complete titles, full names, or long phrases. Be as specific as you can, and take away one keyword at a time to get more results. Use whatever keywords you can think of, such as "johann bach organ wolff" to bring up resources on Bach's organ works edited or written by Christoph Wolff.
Opus/Catalog Numbers: If you know the opus number or thematic catalog number of the work you are looking for, use it in the search, but WITHOUT any preceding letters (no "op." or "BWV"). However, not all catalog records will include this information, so if you are missing results, take the number out.
Use plurals: When searching generic terms, use the plural forms: works, symphonies, sonatas, toccatas, etc.
Use numerals: Don't spell out numbers: "Beethoven symphonies 5" NOT "Beethoven fifth symphony" Exception: If it is part of a proper title: "Four organs"
Possible keywords: Here are just some of the bits of information you can use as keywords in your search:
- opus/thematic index number