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Music: A Guide to Library Resources and Research: Find Books and Documentaries in the Library Catalog

A guide to library resources for music research at Cornell.

Books and Documentaries in the Library Catalog: Basic Search, Advanced Search, and Browse

Search for books and documentary films in the Cornell University Library catalog. Read the Search Tips to learn more. Depending on what you are looking for and how precise or exhaustive you want your search results to be, you may want to try the basic keyword search, the Advanced Search, or the Browse mode (within basic keyword search).


Here is a basic keyword search that works well with no specific field selected.


Here is a good use for the Advanced Search, with specific fields selected for the two common search terms.


​Sometimes, the Subject Browse search is useful for browsing alphabetical lists of available subject headings and subtopics.

Ask a librarian or experiment with terms until you determine an appropriate subject heading.

For example, books about punk music are cataloged under the subject heading "punk rock music."  




Select a heading to explore.

Use the facets on the left to limit your search results to books or video, online or at the library, items in English, etc.


Within any catalog record, click on any part of a subject heading to carry out a new search for either the main term or string of terms.



Sometimes, the Author Browse (Sorted By Name) search is useful for browsing alphabetical lists of names to find works by or about a person, especially with common names like Michael Jackson or short, generic names like Prince.

See this search in action (works by and works about Michael Jackson) on YouTube.

(This video was made prior to a redesign. The Browse mode is now found integrated into the basic keyword search box.)

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