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Where the Music Things Are
Nearly all of our books on music are at the J.N. Desmarais Library. All of our music scores are kept at the Music Resource Centre (MRC), School of Education, where the Department of Music is located. Compact discs, audio cassettes and videos are also kept at the MRC. The exception is the vinyl recordings, which are on the 3rd floor of the Desmarais Library.
In the library: The Library User Assistance Desk to your immediate left as you enter the library is a good place to start.
By email: Write Reference@laurentian.ca and a librarian will respond to you during normal office hours.
By telephone: 705-675-4800
Oxford Music Online. Choose Oxford Dictionary of Music or Oxford Companion to Music for capsule definitions of terms, genres and composer biographies.
Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. 2nd ed. 1992. Print and online. Indispensable resource for Canadian music.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 1998. Print. Useful for its performer biographies and recordings.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Print. Excellent coverage of musical traditions worldwide, with an accompanying set of CDs.
Oxford Music Online. Grove Music Online is the most important resource for music.
New Grove Dictionary of Music. 2001. Print.
Oxford Companion to Music. Brief descriptions of terms, genres, and composer biographies.
Oxford History of Western Music. 2005. Print. Outstanding survey authored by historian Richard Taruskin.
New Oxford History of Music. 1955-90. Print. Authoritative survey.
My music background
I have been the music librarian at Laurentian University since 1985. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (CAML). Until this past year, I was the books/recordings review editor of CAML Review and formerly was the general editor. I have an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as well as an arts degree in history and a master's in library science. I serve on the board of the 5-Penny New Music Concerts. From 1996 to 2014, I was the program notes writer for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
Music call numbers
All music scores and books are classified as M, ML or MT.
Music scores are classified as M and arranged by genre such as symphonies, concertos, and vocal and instrumental music
Books about music are classified as ML and MT. ML includes music histories, psychology, therapy, and performer and composer biographies. ML 410 is especially important, since nearly all of the composer biographies are shelved in this area. ML 410 is always followed by the intial of the composer's surname. MT contains many of the books on music theory, study, instruction, and analysis.
The Library Catalogue
The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the J.N. Desmarais Library. You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).
You can search the catalogue by:
- Journal Title
When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the Subject heading describing your topic.
Canadian Classical Music
Visit Centrestreams at the Canadian Musical Centre, which has a listening library of over 8,000 broadcast and concert recordings. Create your own free account and, from the CMC home page, click on Find Music to search for composers or pieces. The blue speakers indicate if it is available at Centrestreams.
Finding Music Pieces and Songs
Our recordings are listed in the library catalogue. Often the piece is contained in larger collections of similar works. For instance, if you are looking for Beethoven's Third Symphony, enter in the search box: Beethoven symphonies. That way you would retrieve all recordings and scores of Beethoven's symphonies. Beethoven's Third is also known as the Eroica, so you will retrieve some scores and recordings by using the keyword, Eroica.
You can also refine your search to look only for scores, recordings and videos. Click on the advanced search and then click on item types to choose such media as Notated music (scores), Musical sound recordings, and Projected medium (video).
Another way is to search according to location. The CDs at the Music Resource Centre (MRC) while the J.N. Desmarais Library (JND) has vinyl LPs. If you want to find only the LP, choose "J.N. Desmarais Library" instead of "Laurentian University" from the Basic Menu.
The catalogue has often lists individual pieces on a recording This means that by searching under keyword, you will find that work.
Online score collections
The Classical Scores Library contains many of the most important classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 musical scores.
The Petrucci Music Library, published by the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP), is an immense repository of scores in the public domain (i.e., 50 years and older).
The Sibley Music Library (Eastman School of Music) has online scores and books, some of which are unique to the collection.
Chicago/Turabian is the recommended style manual for music.
How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style. 2nd ed. 2005.
Writing About Music. 4th ed. 2009.
Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. 2010.
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Turabian. 8th ed. 2013.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab. Online.
Track your research
Zotero, a free, browser-based citation manager, is the standard tool at Laurentian. It can:
- Directly import references from article databases, the library catalogue, e-book collections, etc.
- Manage and organize your references.
- Create a bibliography.
- Share your references with others
- Add in-text citations and a bibliography directly into your assignment.
Properly citing your sources is an extremely valuable and necessary skill when completing your research. See Laurentian's Citation Style Guides for quick reference guides on commonly used citation styles.