Green: Basic Music Reference

Series: Basic Manual  Publisher: A-R Editions, Music Library Association
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Basic Music Reference
A Guide for Non-specialist Librarians, Library Assistants, and Student Employees

Alan Green, Michael J. Duffy

BM008 Green: Basic Music Reference
978-0-89579-745-2 Book (2013) 7.5 x 9.25, xiii + 123 pp.
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Basic Music Reference is a quick-start guide designed to introduce library employees to the basic tools and techniques involved in answering questions related to music.  As in every specialist subject area, music has its own terminology, but unlike most, it also has a multitude of formats—on paper and other materials—as well as special notation and frequent use of foreign languages in titles and texts.  These features make it particularly difficult for library employees to answer users’ questions and thus a guide such as this one is essential.
Not all libraries with a music collection can afford to hire a music reference librarian.  Even libraries with such a specialist rely on support staff and student employees to answer questions when the music librarian is not available.  Whatever the scenario, this volume will serve as a helpful training tool for library employees to learn about the basic music reference tools, and to develop the techniques of greatest use when answering the most common types of music-related questions.
Part One: Basic Concepts and Tools        
Chapter One: Library Catalogs
When to Use a Library Catalog  
How to Use a Library Catalog  
Basic Search Concepts      
Chapter Two: Music Reference Tools    
Guides to Music Reference Literature  
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias  
Periodical and Literature Indexes  
Special Indexes and Bibliographies  
Frequently Used Web Sites
Wrapping It Up
Part Two: Using Basic Skills to Answer Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter Three: Searching for Specific Items
Specific Works  
Sound Recordings by a Particular Performer or Group  
Translation and Pronunciation Guides  
Questions about Serials  
Problems with Citations  
Quotations about Music or Musicians  
Images of Manuscripts  
Images of Musicians  
Chapter Four: Factual and Short-Answer Questions  
Contact Information  
Book Sales  
Dates and Obituaries  
Name This Tune  
Citation Style Questions  
Factual Information about Works  
Chapter Five: Topical Questions  
Researching a Particular Work  
Analyses of a Particular Work  
Researching Music from a Particular Country  
Researching Musical Instruments  
In Closing  
Appendix: The Library of Congress Classification for Music  
Bibliography of Works Cited