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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

beethoven AND biography

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms. 


rock music OR punk music

Use OR between similar terms. Searching for rock music OR punk music will find books that refer to either term.  You must capitalize OR.


"music theory"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "music theory" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using sing* as a search term will include results that refer to music, musical, musicals, musician, musicians, and musicology.

The library catalog lists CDs and videos as well as books.  To remove the music CDs from your list of results, select Books as the Resource Type.

Browse in the Bookshelves for Books on...

Composers and Musicians  ML385 - ML429 
Music Theory MT6 - MT7
Music Notation & Composition MT35 - MT67
Musical Instruments ML460  -ML1083;
MT170 - MT810
Vocal Music/Voice ML1400;
MT82 - MT949
Opera ML1700;
MT95 - MT100;
World Music ML198 - ML360.6;
ML3565 - ML3776
Classical Music History   ML160 - ML197
Physiological & psychological aspects ML3820 - ML3840 

Popular Music History & Criticism



      Rap/Hip Hop


ML3469 - ML3541; ML3918

    ML3506 - ML3508




 NOTE:  This list is a just a general guide.  Use the library catalog to search for specific topics.


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks; from off campus you will log in with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.

When You Find a Book in the Library Catalog...

...Write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.

Learn More About Call Numbers and Finding Books

(eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.)

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks at the library? Stop by the desk and see if your professor provided a copy for you to use.