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Finding new music: A guide

This guide is meant to be a resource for college musicians as they search for new works to perform. This is a compilation of a few resources that the library provides, as well as a few suggestions of where to look outside the library

Browsing the Shelf

Sometimes it's nice just to browse through the music available in the library for a specific instrument. Unfortunately, doing so isn't very intuitive.

All the music in the library is arranged using the Library of Congress call number system. If you want to look up where a particular combination of instruments is shelved, you can look it up in a book with the bizarre title Library of Congress classification. M. Music. It's in the reference section:

Over time you will likely learn where music for your own instrument is shelved just through experience.

In general, the arrangement is as follows:

M100-199: solo instrument
M200-299: duets
M300-399: trios

etc. up to:

M900-999: nonets

M1000s are for large ensembles (orchestra, band)

M1495 and above is vocal music

See the list to below for some commonly-used call number ranges

How to Browse the Shelf in the Online Catalog

Did you know that there are two different interfaces to search the UMD Catalog?

There is the WorldCat interface you are probably familiar with:

And there is the Classic Catalog interface:

In order to search by call number and browse items that are on the shelf electronically you will need to use the Classic Catalog.

To get to the Classic Catlog click on this link or go to the UMD's Libraries Homapge and select the Classic Catlog.

If you click on the Classic Catlog link in the bottom right hand corner of that box you can narrow your search immediately to call numbers.

Here is what the search results look like when searching the call number range: M253-254: