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Answered By: Cristina Casas
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2023     Views: 389

Finding music in the Catalog:

In most cases, a keyword search for a performer or album name and cd (example: black keys cd) will work fine. If you find you are getting too many irrelevant results, you can use the following method to narrow your search:

  1. In the catalog search box, choose your search type using the drop-down menu:
    • Select Author for a performer or composer 
    • Select Title for an album title
    • Select Keyword for a song title
  2. Type your search terms in the box. Use quotation marks when searching for a song title (example: "I am a rock").
  3. Click Search.
  4. When your search results appear, click Format on the left, select Music & Sound and check the box by Music CD.

Finding music in the Library (call numbers):

The Library switched to a new, more user-friendly system to organize musical recordings. The new call number includes CD, then a word describing the type of music, followed by four characters of the artist's last name. (Example: CD COUNTRY NELS is a country recording by Willie Nelson).

Call Number

Type of Music
APPRECIATION Music appreciation
BALLET Ballets
BAND Marching band
BLUES Blues artists
BLUEGRASS Bluegrass artists
CHAMBER Chamber music
CHORAL Choral music, chorus
CHRISTIAN Popular Christian music
CONCERTO Concerto, various instruments
COUNTRY Classic, contemporary country
ELECTRONIC Electronic or synthesized music
FOLK American folk music
GOSPEL Traditional gospel music
GUITAR All types, featuring guitar
HOLIDAY Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, etc.
JAZZ All jazz, including Big Band
LATIN Latin music and artists
MUSICALS Musicals from the stage
OPERA Complete operas, opera highlights
ORCHESTRAL General orchestral music
ORGAN All types of organ music
PERCUSSION Primarily or exclusively percussion instruments
PIANO Piano artists
POP Pop music and artists
RAP AND HIP-HOP Rap and Hip-hop artists
REGGAE Reggae artists
ROCK 1950s to the present
RHYTHM AND BLUES Rhythm & Blues artists, Motown
SOUND EFFECTS Sound effects, nature sounds
SOUNDTRACK Movies, television
STRINGS Harp, cello, others besides violin
SYMPHONY Symphonies
VIOLIN Violin artists, solo or accompanied
VOCAL Classical, traditional solo vocal performance
WIND Brass, woodwind
WORLD World folk, ethnic music