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Music: Find Books & E-Books

Library music resources


To find books on the online catalog that pertain to music you might want to use these subject searches"

  • Composer
  • Dance Music
  • Folk Music
  • Jazz
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Biography
  • Music History and Criticism
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Popular Music

Some subheading that might be useful are:

  • Music + Instruction and Study
  • Music + Performance

Here are a few links that are useful:

Tips on Searching

Boolean Keyword Searching: 

    Most library databases permit you to:

 ·         SEARCH by author, composer, title, subject, keyword

 ·         LIMIT search by publication year, language, document types, name of source journal, document type, publication year, peer-reviewed journals only.

 ·         COMBINE search terms using AND, OR, NOT (Boolean connectors).

For example:

            spotted AND (dog OR puppy) NOT hound

·         TRUNCATE search terms using symbols such as an asterisk or question mark.  For example: 

music*      retrieves musical, musician, musicology, etc.                 

wom?n     retrieves woman or women

 ·         FIND ADJACENT words:

For example:

          “musical theater”

Call Numbers

Music Books, Scores, and CDs are located on the northeast east side of the 3rd floor of the library.

Search UFind for the call number of the book or music score you are seeking.


  • CREDO Reference  
    Search through this online collection of encyclopedia and dictionary entries on a variety of music topics, biographies of leading musicians, and more. Great for background information.
  • Library Catalog (U-Find)
    Use the Advanced Search to narrow by date, format (ebook or print), and more.
  • Library Catalog Help Guide
    Find tips on searching, creating your account, and more.
  • I-SHARE Catalog
    Request books from other Illinois libraries. Typically takes 3-5 days.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
    Request books not available at Lovejoy or through I-SHARE. Typically takes 5-7 days.

Selected Music Books and E-Books

Finding E-Books

More Music E-Books

Media and Performance in the Musical : an Oxford handbook of the American musical, Volume II (2018)

Ed. by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf.

Open Educational Resources