Start by entering the composer's name (Last, First Middle)
Note: Including the composer's first name (and middle name, if commonly used) will yield the most accurate search results
Once you have entered the composer's name, select "Author (Last Name First)" from the drop-down menu
Step 3: Enter the title of the work
For works with generic titles (i.e. Concerto, Symphony, Sonata):
Search using the subject heading, which is generally the plural form of the work (i.e. symphonies, operas, concertos, suites, etc.)
Select "Subject Heading" from the drop-down menu
If applicable, use the opus number or another standard number assigned to the work to narrow your search results (i.e. for Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, try adding "40" or "550" as a keyword)
If you don't know the subject heading, just do a keyword search for the title instead
For works with unique titles:
Enter the title as a keyword search
Select search "as a phrase" for multi-word titles
Do not include initial articles (A, An, The, Le, La, etc.)
If the title is in a foreign language, try searching for the title both in it's original language and in English (i.e. "nozze di Figaro" and "Marriage of Figaro")
Step 4: Select the type of resource
Select "Music Scores" from the drop-down menu
Select "Musical Recordings" from the drop-down menu
More Search Tips
Use full names for composers with common surnames
Use standard English-language spellings (i.e. "Rachmaninoff" instead of "Rachmaninov")
Avoid abbreviating names (i.e. J.S. Bach)
Avoid using keys in your search terms (such as "C" or "G minor")
Finding recordings by format:
For CDs, add a keyword search for "compact" or "CD"
For LPs, add a keyword search for "LP"
For streaming media, add a keyword search for "electronic"
Scout is a powerful search tool that can be used to find both print and electronic resources. Scout simultaneously searches the libraries' catalog, databases, electronic collections, streaming media, and much more.
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