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MUSC211: Introduction to Music History: Finding Books

An introductory guide developed in support of MUSC 211. For a more advanced Music Research guide, please visit

Finding Music-Related Books

How do I search for books on a music-related topic?

Search DELCAT Discovery to find library resources related to your research topic.

You can limit searches to books, journals and other items held by the University of Delaware Library or search the entire WorldCat database that encompasses millions of titles in libraries throughout the world.

UD items appear at or near the top of the results display. Material not held by the Library (labeled WorldCat Libraries) can be requested via a link that automatically generates an interlibrary loan request form.

Call number browsing is available from the Call Number Browse web page.

Search Tips

  • Place quotation marks around keyword phrases (e.g., "woodwind quintet*" or "journal of the American Musicological Society").
  • Finding scores: Use Advanced Search and change the Format: from All Formats to Musical score.
  • It is important to click either "View all formats and languages" or "View all editions" to obtain complete information about library holdings. Both links connect to the same page.

Locating Books

Where are the music books located?

Books in the library are grouped together by subject.  Music books are located on the third floor of the library within the M section.  Here is how the M section of the library is divided. 

 M - Music - printed music, scores

  • M5 - M1480 (Instrumental music);
  • M1495 (Collections of vocal music);
  • M1497 - M1998 (Secular vocal music);      
  • M1999 - M2199 (Sacred vocal music);

ML - Literature on music

  • ML47 - ML58.4 (Libretti);
  • ML100 - ML109 (Dictionaries, encyclopedias);
  • ML159 - ML3785 (History and criticism);
  • ML3805 - ML3820 (Physics and acoustics; physiological aspects of music);

MT - Instruction and study, music education

  • MT170 - MT810 (Instrumental techniques);
  • MT820 - MT915 (Singing and vocal technique);
  • MT918 - MT948 (School music)

 Important:  Some music books are considered oversize (designated as Folio or Folio+). All oversize books are located on the Lower Level of the Library.