Find Music

Whether you already have a citation (author, title, date) to a book or you’re just starting to look for one, begin at MIDCAT.

  1. Search MIDCATby keyword (topic), title or author. Tip: when you find relevant resources, look at the full record and click on subject links to find additional resources on that subject.
  2. If a music item (score, sound recording, or video) you want is "Available" in MIDCAT:
    a. In MIDCAT, look at the column labeled "Location."  To find out where the call number (see the column labeled "Call No.") is located, you can click on the "Location" column in the MIDCAT record to bring up an online map, or when you arrive at the library, consult a wall map or print floor map guide. 
    b. If you've retrieved something from the shelves, bring the music item to the circulation desk (at the front of the library) to check it out. For more information on borrowing items, see the Borrowing information on the LIS Wiki.
  3. If your music item is not available in MIDCAT:
    a. In MIDCAT, click on the NExpress Logo.gif button to request it from another library (see the NExpress section of the LIS Wiki for details).
    b. If the item is not available in NExpress, request it through traditional interlibrary loan using the Illiad form (see the Interlibrary Loan section of the LIS Wiki for details). Note: Middlebury no longer fills or places requests for ILL CDs.
    c. If you would like to recommend a music item for purchase by the library, submit a purchase request.
    d. If you are unable to obtain the music item through NExpress, you may wish to look for it at nearby libraries.
  4. If you’re in need of online music research resources, go to the Music Subject Guide and select one of the databases or indexes there.
  5. Remember, you can always ask a librarian for assistance (go/askus when on campus). For a visual overview of resources on the Library home page, see the Quick-Start Guide to Library Research [pdf].
  6. Finding music CDs in foreign languages. Check out these videos for 2 easy ways to find music CDs in the language you're studying:

Foreign language CDs searching MIDCAT
Foreign language CDs searching Language Guides

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