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Preparing for a Recital

Choosing music and writing program notes using library resources.

Finding Scores in the Library and Beyond

There are multiple ways to find scores.

Included below are four practical ways:

-Finding scores using the catalog

-Finding scores using worldcat

-Finding scores using bibliographies

-Finding scores online

Scroll down to learn more!

Finding Scores in the Library Catalog

Please refer to the Finding Music Scores Guide

Finding Scores in Worldcat

WorldCat makes it possible to search the holdings of thousands of libraries across the world. If the UM Libraries don't have an item that you want or need, you can use WorldCat to find it and request it via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

  • TIP: Allow about 2 weeks for items found on WorldCat in other libraries to arrive at McKeldin through ILL.

Getting to WorldCat and Searching for Scores

  • Go to
  • Type "WorldCat" in the box that says "by database name"
  • Click on "Find database"
  • Click on WorldCat. The advanced search box will come up automatically
  • To find scores, check the box next to "musical scores"
  • You may search by keyword, author, title, etc.

Finding Scores Using Bibliographies

A bibliography is a list of related materials that serve as a starting point for research on a particular subject.

  • Go to the catalog
  • Choose "subject words" in the drop down box (or just "subject" on the advanced search page)
  • Type your instrument, followed by the word "bibliography"


  • Choose "subject words" in the drop down box (or just "subject" on the advanced search page)
  • Type a composer's name, followed by the word "bibliography"

Finding Scores Online

The International Music Score Library project allows users to download and print scores for free. Most of these works are in the public domain and not subject to copyright restrictions, however, the liability for using the website is placed on the user.