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Writing for the Arts

What it is

WorldCat UMD is the primary catalog for the University of Maryland's Libraries. It searches all the books, CDs, and DVDs we own (and a lot of other things as well). In addition, WorldCat UMD searches some of our subscription article databases automatically, so you will find articles here as well. Depending on your topic and how deep you want to go, you might find everything you need right here.

WorldCat UMD is what you search if you use the search box on the Libraries Home Page. The search box looks like this:

WorldCat UMD Search Box

Searching WorldCat UMD

You can search WorldCat UMD just like you would Google. Just throw some words in there. Try combining your chosen artist or choreographer with a work.

debussy jeux
petipa swan lake

For simple searches for a composer or choreographer, you may want to add "su:" to your search, which will find only books and articles about the person, rather than items by them.

su: balanchine
su: tchaikovsky

Working with Search Results

Your search will likely yield many results. One easy way to work with the results is to use the facets in the left-hand column to narrow by format. For example, if you want to find some books, just click the Books facet.

Format Facets

If you see a book you like, click Availability to see the call number and whether or not it's already checked out:

Clicking on Availability

To find the text of a journal article, it's best to first click the title:

Clicking on an article title

And then click the Find-it button:

Clicking the find-it button

Once you click on Find-It, a screen will appear letting you know whether the article is available online through the library, or if it's in paper in the library or whether we don't have it at all (and you can then request it from another library but it will take a couple weeks):

The Find-it screen