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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.
Searching for Scores and Recordings in Scout
More Search Tips
Use full names for composers with common surnames
Use standard English-language spellings (e.g., "Rachmaninoff" instead of "Rachmaninov")
Avoid abbreviating names (e.g., J. S. Bach)
Searching for Vocal Music:
To specify vocal range in your search, indicate high, medium, or low voice
You can add vocal range to some subject headings, like "Songs (High voice)" OR you can simply search "high voice" as a keyword
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"
Browsing Musical Theatre Materials by Call Number
Full scores of operas and musicals
Vocal scores of operas and musicals
Anthologies from opera and musical theatre (some vocal selections)
Vocal selections from musicals and operas
Literature on Music
Librettos. Texts. Scenarios.
Finding Librettos in Scout
When searching in Scout, "libretto" or "librettos" can be used as a search term. You can also check the "Subjects" listed under each item on the search results page to see if the item is classified as a libretto.
allows you to search for repertoire by voice and character type, style, tempo, mood. You can also search by composer, lyricist, and song or show title. New songs and shows are regularly added. Also check out the blog posts, audition tips, and extensive glossary.
The database provides a link to Worldcat so users can have the information to obtain scores/recordings/sheet music when available directly through the University of Alabama Libraries.