Research Librarian
Music, Art, Film, Media, Philosophy & Religious Studies

Library Membership Card provides:

Access to Your Account (see what books
you have checked out, renew them and
place reservations)
Can check out 15 books (MMus) / 20
books (Mphil/PHD) at a time
Most books 4 week loan periods (some
2 week loan)
Provides access to e-resources off-site
Serves as your Everyone Print Card
which includes photocopying, scanning
(last 4 digits on back)
Access the Wi-Fi system. Do NOT
browse and ‘connect to wi-fi.’ You will
need to set up a connection first.

●Google is a tremendous search engine - It is very smart can interpret "natural language" (i.e. plurals, misspellings,
foreign words)
●BUT it can not always get the researcher to the end-user
product BECAUSE of authentication and subscription!
(Problem with Google Scholar as well!)
●“Deep Web“ (i.e. searching for a plane or train ticket to
Paris at 20.00 tonight, or facsimiles of Franz Liszt)

●Not as “smart” as Google (although this is improving
with various library software upgrades)
●Start with KEYWORD search (Use NOUNS, not verbs,
adjectives, pronouns or prepositions!)
●Basic principles:
●Boolean (AND, OR, NOT)
●Truncation: uses stem of a word such as THEAT* retrieves theater,
theatre, theaters, theatres etc.) This is also called using a WILDCARD:
sometimes it is ‘?’ or ‘!’ or ‘*’
●Controlled vocabulary (index, thesaurus, Library of Congress Subject

Both classification systems have similar
 LC Music Classification [King’s]
 M (music scores) + number
 ML (music literature) + number
 MT (music theory) + number

Dewey Classification [Senate House]
 M (music scores) +number
 ML (music books) +number

LC Music Classification
 M (music scores)

Dewey Classification
 780 (General)
▪ 780.8 (collected score editions)
▪ 780.92 (biographical/analytical
books related to composer)

▪ Collected editions (M2-M3.3)
▪ Quartets (string quartets M452)

 ML (music literature)
▪ ML410 (composer biographies)

 MT (music theory)
▪ MT40 (12-tone/tonality

781 (Theory/Analysis)
782 (Dramatic music)
783 (Vocal sacred)
784 (Vocal secular)
785 (Orch/Instrumental)
▪ 785.74 (Quartets)

786 (Keyboard insts)
787 (String insts)
788 (Wind insts)
789 (Perc/Electr insts)

Books (Goldsmiths’ & Middlesex South Reading Rooms)

Scores (Middlesex South Library Reading Room)

Regular ‘octavo’ size books (Goldsmiths’)
Reference works (Bibliographies, Indices, Catalogues) (Goldsmiths’)
Folio books (Middlesex South)
Rapid Reference (Groves Dictionary and language dictionaries)
(Middlesex South)
Regular scores (from 723.23 in gallery)
Miniature scores (ALL in gallery)
Extra large
Collected works


• Current Ones --(Periodicals Reading Room)
• Older ones –Stack Service

Recordings—See Colin

●With 3 million
items, many
materials are
held in closed
access and will
have 'Stack
Service' as a
●Click 'Request
It' and pick up
at the Service

 Grove’s Dictionary / Encyclopedia of Popular


 RILM (1967-present)
 RIPM (1850-1950+)

Full text
 Academic Search Complete

Citation Index
 Web of Science

WEB 1.0

● Everything
● Need to know
●Slow to change
●Think of your use
of Bookmarks on
your computer

CURRENCY - When was it written? Can you determine the
date? Can you identify the last time it was updated?
● RELIABILITY - How accurate and relevant is it to your
research? Can citations and references be verified using
other means?
● AUTHORITY - Is the author a known expert in his/her
field? What is the subject of their expertise? Can you
verify them independently? Has the resource been peerreviewed?
● PURPOSE - Can you tell if there is any bias in the
presentation of the data? Is there objectivity? (e.g. think
if a tobacco or pharmaceutical company was funding the
data study or Rupert Murdoch’s tabs, Guardian, or

●Intellectual Property ranges from Copyright - Public Domain
(All rights reserved to no rights reserved)
●Creative Commons created as a Copyright 2.0 (some rights
●For purposes of criticism (in academic research) you can
“quote” but must provide a citation or source reference.

For academics by academics
Available only in Firefox Mozilla or
Safari (Mac)
• Allows you to save copies of webpages,
create citation lists, apply your own
tagging metadata
• Allows you to search through the text
of your PDFs.
• Allows you to write on your copy of
webpages (with sticky post-its)

• N.B. If you want to do this on the web, use


Exports the citations back into Word in
any citation style (APA, Harvard,
Chicago style)

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