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Music Research Guide

Searching the Library Catalog

Search the Cal State LA Collections using OneSearch
Enter keywords such as a composer's last name and/or word(s) from the work's title.  You could also try searching by subject (see below).

  • If you are looking for sound recordings you should use the Advanced Search option and select "Material Type" = Audio Visual
  • If you are looking for music scores, enter the composer's name and a word(s) from the title of the work.  (For example:  Beethoven and Symphony).  Once you see a list of results, look under "Refine my results" on the left of the screen and choose "Resource Type" = Scores. 

If you want to search by Subject, some of these subject terms might be a good starting point:

  • composition (music)
  • conducting
  • instrumental music
  • instrumental techniques
  • jazz
  • music education
  • music theory
  • opera
  • popular music
  • singing
  • vocal music








To view the full Library of Library of Congress Classification outline for Music, CLICK HERE

Searching for Articles

In addition to OneSearch, you may wish to use an Article Database to find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on your topic.  Often a database is more subject-focused and provides additional search options/features.

Recommended Databases for Music 

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300