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Library of Congress / WorldCat / ILLIAD


Other Library Catalogs

Interlibrary Loan Assignment

Turabian style for Footnotes and Bibliography

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Survey

Specialized Dictionaries/Encyclopedias

Music Periodicals Survey

Other Research Databases

Union Catalogs


Specialized Bibliography

Periodicals Searching

Online Music Journals

Thematic catalogs, Index to Printed Music & Dissertation Abstracts

Web Sites Evaluation


Miscellaneous Reference Works



  ILLIAD / Library of Congress Interlibrary Loan

due Mon., 9/17/2012

Discover and search the Library of Congress and World Cat catalogs. Use the "help" screens if you can't figure it out. Become aware of just how vast their holdings are. Browse LC's digital collections as well. Locate an item (score or book) NOT OWNED by FIU, and request it via ILLIAD. Your item will be borrowed from another library (but NOT from LC--as they do not loan).

Create a ILLIAD account and request ONE item --a score or book-- matters not. Print the borrowing record and turn in to class on Mon., 9/17/2012 . Make sure your name is at the top of the page. When the item arrives, examine if you wish and return to library by end of the borrowing term.

"But professor, how do I find ILLIAD"?

Go to the library home page [] and find QUICK LINKS, then "Borrow from Other Libraries".

"But professor, how do I find the Library of Congress catalog and WorldCat?

Do a Google search or go to

For WorldCat, access music resources page. Click on "Related"



ALEPH Searching

Go to the library's home page, (linked from class page), then click Catalog
Due 9/10/2012

Since this is your first assingment, at few things need to be stated here.

1. Write the call numbers for the following item titles, if they are owned by FIU's library.

Cambridge companion to electronic music
John Eliot Gardiner's recording of Mozart's "Prague" symphony
Britten and Barber: Their lives and their music (give the call number and the publisher)
Katz, Bob. Mastering Audio, 2nd ed. (2007)

2. How many CDs does the library own of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde? (This refers to different recorded performances-- not duplicates).

3. Which volumes of Word by Word Translations of Songs and Arias by Berton Coffin does the Green Library own? Give vol. numbers and what they contain.

4. Give the titles and call numbers of at least two serial publications the library owns that would be of interest to violinists? (see "bowed stringed instruments" as well).

5. An important thing to remember in periodicals is determining whether the library owns the year/volume/issue you need. You are asked to find an article on "Ensemble Motivation" in the July, 2001, vol. 34, no. 1 issue of Jazz Education Journal. Are you able to locate it within the FIU library's resources? If so,
print out the abstract and turn it in stapled to your assignment.
What is the call number for the hard copy, print issues of this journal in the FIU library? ________________________
Suppose you're looking for volume 54. Will you find it? ________________

6. Some journals the library owns are electronic in form--and online; that is--we do not have any bound paper issues. Such is the case with Eighteenth-Century Music. Find the catalog record of this title and examine the data given.
          What is its publication frequency?______________________.
          When did it begin publication?________________________.

Click on the link to the journal text (where it says "Find it at FIU" There are a couple of options for getting the article. Use the Cambridge Journals Online option.

Click on “back issues "
Find the 2006 year and from that, vol. 3, issue 1.
What is the title and authors of an article dealing with a Vivaldi find in Dresden?

7. Find both a vocal score and a full score of Lucia di Lammermoor. Give their call numbers.

Full score: __________
Vocal score: _______________

What does this tell you about how Library of Congress classifies opera scores? ______________________________________
WARNING!!! Almost everybody in past classes has missed the last part of this question. Problem is they don't read it carefully. The question is asking you to observe the difference in the score formats between the two call number areas. The answer is staring you right in the face. A certain type of score is at M_____ and another type of score format is at the other one. Just state them....that's all! You basically have already answered the question in the first part.




due ???

Simple: Use any library catalog to locate book or score of interest to you that is NOT owned by the FIU library.

Place an Interlibrary Loan request via ILLIAD.

Print out the bibliographic record and turn in....marked "Requested via ILL"





due ?/??

Use any of the catalogs discussed in class so far-- WorldCat, Library of Congress, or SUS libraries -- and compile a short bibliography of 6-8 books on any topic from the list below. For now, just list the following items:
Author/s (
or Editor/s)
Any edition statment (2nd, 3rd, revised, etc.)
Place of publication, Publisher, and Date

Additionally, List ONE holding library that is NOT FIU. (i.e., Library of Congress, Princeton Univ., Univ. of Texas, or wherever)


Later we will return to this bibliography and learn to fomat the information in either Turabian or APA (for music ed. folks). Alphabetize your items by author's last name.


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Due 10/8/2012

List 3 (three) print periodicals that would be considered scholarly journals. For each title, indicate whether or not the following are present:

footnoted articles (or endnotes)
abstracts of articles
bibliographies or "works cited" lists
peer-reviewed or refereed (if you can tell--sometimes it doesn't)
list of contributors
commercial advertisements
examples, illustrations, pictures, tables, appendices, etc.
reviews of books, scores or recordings
conference/seminar/workshop notifications
Is this an "official" journal of a society, such as American Musicological Society?
Is there a statement of aims, scope, etc?
What is its ISSN #?


List 3 (three) print periodicals that would be considered magazines or professional journals. For each title, indicate whether or not the following are present:

footnoted articles (or endnotes)
bibliographies or "works cited" lists
peer-reviewed or refereed (if you can tell)
commerical advertisements
reviews of books, scores or recordings
conference/seminar/workshop notifications
professional articles
list of contributors
What is its ISSN #?




Turabian Style for & Footnotes and Bibliography
Due 10/29/2012


Select TWO books and TWO articles from any former assignment--- OR --- re-search any of the former given topics to get material. Format the two books and two articles according toTurabian style. Show how they would look in the 1) footnote, 2) shortened entries, and 3) bibliography.

IMPORTANT: For music education majors, refer to APA style. It is easier and there are no bibliographies. Everything is done in the paper. See here: Lisa Philpott. You are smart folks---you can figure it out, and ask me if you don't understand.


1. Compile your bibliography, formatting all items according to the Turabian style format. Books should include things like edition statements, (2nd, revised, etc. if applicable), place/date of publication, publisher, etc. Periodical articles should include article source, volume/issue/month (if any of these are present), and page numbers...the page the article starts on and the page it ends on. You may refer to the Turabian Music Citation Guide which I created for quick reference or the one by Lisa Philpott of the University of Western Ontario for APAers, one of the sites linked above. You may wish to purchase a copy of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

2. Format each of the four citations three (3) ways: N: for a footnote, S: for a subsequent reference following a footnote, and B: for an entry in a bibliography. Label each clearly. Here is the example of how each should look.

N:      1.  Bruce Haynes, The End of Early Music: A Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century
(London: Oxford University Press, 2007), xx. 

        5. Haynes, End of Early Music, xx.  OR   Haynes, xx.

Haynes, Bruce. The End of Early Music: A Period Performer's History of Music for
        the Twenty-First Century
. London: Oxford University Press, 2007.

[note the indentation here -- 2nd line or "hanging" indent]


3. Entries should be single-spaced within each entry; Double space between entries.

4. Staple multiple pages.

5. Since you are not actually, writing a paper, for page references of footnotes, just use xx.

6. Keep a copy of your work.

PS MUS ED / APA folks....note that APA does not use footnotes, so you will do as instructed in the APA guidelines. Show an 'in line' reference and an end notes entry. First names not used; only the initials.


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 Survey of Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians The New Harvard Dictionary of Music
The Oxford Dictionary of Music The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music Baker’s Dictionary of Opera
International Dictionary of Black Composers Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Diccionario de la Musica Espanola e hispanoamericana Encyclopedia of the Blues
Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments: The Piano The New Oxford Companion to Music
Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary International Dictionary of Opera
New Grove Dictionary of American Music New Grove Dictionary of Opera
New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments International Encyclopedia of Women Composers
International Who's Who in Classical Music Music and Composers of the 20th Century

You have been assigned a source for an oral class report. Use the following criteria to formulate a 5-7" presentation, addressing the following questions:

Can we determine the author of the entries; are they signed or initialed? All or none or just some?
If relevant, are composers' work lists included, and if so, are they partial or complete? [in some cases, it may be hard to tell.]
Do the entries contain any bibliographical references? If so, how extensive are they?
Do they contain any graphical, musical examples, charts, graphs, etc?
Are there any discographies?
Are there any biographical entries? Are terms defined? Is it a mixture of both, or strictly one or the other?

What specialized indexes, appendices or other user aids are included that would facilitate its use or add to its utility?


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Specialized Dictionaries/Encyclopedias

[no entry at this time]

Periodicals Searching

due 10/

Using the library's three major music-specific periodical resources, develop a bibliography of at least 5 periodical articles based on one of the topics given below. ALL articles should be in English and at least three should be from peer-reviewed journals.

You will give the following data: author/s, title of article, journal title with vol. and issue (if there is one), month/year (if there is one),
and inclusive page numbers (i.e. 166-180.) ALSO include the Accession Number in the this AN: xxxxxxxx
SO, your page should look like this:

TOPIC CHOSEN: _________________________________________


Author(s) _________________
Title of article ______________________________________
Journal title __________, volume __________, issue ______ (if there is one)
Month_________________ year ________, page numbers (inclusive)__xx-xx___________
Accession number: __AN xxxx-xxxx_____________


All of the articles in this assignment should be research articles -- not reviews

How do I know if it's a review or not?.....Read the citation. It will say so.

Use the following list of search topics.

Treatment of recitative in the operas of G. F. Handel
Ned Rorem and his composition for the voice
A major work of Anton Webern
Rubato in the performance of music
The Enigma Variations (Elgar)

Characterizations in opera
The violin in historical performance practices (early music, etc.) [or any instrument dating back at least as far as the 18th century]
Conducting gestures
Incorporation of jazz into music therapy
Liszt's famous B minor sonata
The career of Gustavo Dudamel
Live electronics



Other Research Databases

due 11/14/2012

Use the following databases to address these research situations: (They are hotlinked on the Schedule)

Biography & Genealogy Master Index  (find as above)
Books In Print
Dissertation Abstracts / Master’s Abstracts – print & online

1 -- Find a Ph.D. dissertation in English on a topic of interest to you. Who is the author, what is the date of submission, and to what university was it submitted?
Format the citation according to Turabian, both in the N. and B. formats. [There is no S. for theses/diss.] Consult the search guide if necessary.

2 -- List 3 sources of biographical information for one of the following people:

  • Eugene Thayer (1838-1889)
    Amy[ Marcy Cheney] Beach or Mrs. H. H. A. Beach (1867-1944)
    George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931)

What do all these people have in common?


3 -- Check to see if the following books are in print, out of print, or forthcoming

  • Singing in Russian: A Guide to Language and Performance by Emily Olin (Scarecrow Press)
    Renaissance Vocal Music for the Choral Conductor by Robert Summer (Scarecrow Press)
    Rusalka: Performance Guide with Translations and Pronounciation by Timothy Cheek (Scarecrow Press)




Use WorldCat to answer the following questions:

1.  What libraries own a copy of the index to Marin Marais's Pièces de violes? says the INDEX. 2.  You are trying to locate the Indice tematico delle sonate per clavicembalo of Dominico Scarlatti.  Who is the author of this work and in what library would you find it?3.  You are stuck in New Hampshire in a snowstorm in mid-January and can't get back to Florida. You desperately need to get a book whose ISBN number is 1574670794. Fortunately, you have access to WorldCat. To what college library will it lead you to get this book?





Use the following works to address these questions:World Chronology of Music History    Ref. ML161.E4
New Oxford history of music    Ref. ML160 .N44
Music Since 1900    Ref.  ML197 .S634 2001
Chronology of Western Classical Music     Ref. ML161 .H227 2002
A Ninteenth-Century Musical Chronicle REF ML196 .H34 1989
A Twentieth-Century Musical Chronicle REF ML197 .H15 1989

1)  An important event occurred in the life of J. S. Bach on June 15, 1707.  What was it?

2)  What happened on January 11, 1787?

3)  You are interested in a discussion of the symphonies of Mendelssohn and Berlioz.  One of these chronologies has a pretty good overview.  In what symphony does Mendelssohn quote the Dresden "Amen?"   In what symphony does he follow Beethoven's example of incorporating a vocal finale?  (hint...use the index to one of the volumes)

4)  The year is 1976.  Who was appointed conductor of the Orchestre de Paris in that year?

5)  What work by César Franck was premiered in 1886 and remains a staple of the repertoire to this very day?

6)  What important orchestral work by what composer was premiered in Amsterdam on January 15, 1987?

7) On February 16, 1947, Morton Gould conducted the premier of his Third Symphony. The last movement was subsequently revised. When was this new revision performed and by what orchestra?

8) In what year was Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ, Percussion & Orchestra composed?

9) Research your birth date, or birth year. List some important musical, political or artistic/literary events that took place on that date, or at least in that year. These could be deaths of famous musicians, premieres of new compositions. Do you share a birth date with anyone famous, or at least with an established, significant reputation?

10) In what year was the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra founded?


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Find a specialized bibliography in this library which is of interest to you. Bring it to class and give a brief 5-7 minute report/critique on this item. Include its publisher and date of publication.  Talk about how it is organized and how it would be used.

Are there specialized indexes?
What is the scope of coverage?
Are the entries annotated?
Are there obvious omissions?

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 Examine any two of the following online music journals: [if not hotlinked, access via the library catalog - ALEPH]

Early Music
Early Music History
Latin American Music Review
Computer Music Journal
Ethnomusicology Online
Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean

Magazine for Traditional Music Throughout the World

Answer the following questions concerning each of the two journals of your choice:

  1. Does this journal provide full text of the article? What are the years of coverage, i.e. earliest to most recent?Is there a search feature so that you can search the contents of the journal by keyword, subject, etc.?Are there reviews of any material format [books, recordings, software, videos] included?Can you determine if this journal is peer-reviewed or refereed?Any special features that might not be available in print editions, [even if there is a print edition] such as contents alerts, ability to export citations, sort, etc?Are sound files included?
  2. Find an article that interests you. Can you e-mail it to yourself? (maybe yes, maybe no)

By now you should be seeing that they vary in some way. Each has different features, as there is no standard format. This is the purpose of the assignment--for you to see that they are all different.

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Due 11/??/2013

Use the following thematic catalogs to answer these questions.  Remember to include each question and your response to it. 

I.  Use the Catalog of the Works of Hector Berlioz published by Barenreiter. It is part of the New Edition of the Complete Works

a)  Use the Index to locate L'Enfance du Christ. What IS L'Enfance du Christ? (do not say Trilogie sacree; use English terminology for its genre of composition)
b)  Who is the author of the text? 

c)  You will notice that the work is in three parts. What are they and what are their dates of composition?

d)  It seems that one of these parts is a separate whole work in itself. Which one is it?

e)   What is the apparent date of the 1st performance and where was it performed? (note the date format [day-month-year], and 54 refers to 1854.



II.  Schmieder Catalog (Thematisch –Systematisches Verzeichnis der Werke Johann Sebastian Bachs)

This catalog is in German and presents language challenges. But with a little patience, you can make your way through it.

a) This catalog organized by ______ number.

b) Use the index (Alphabetisches Verzeichnis der Textanfange) to locate the B Minor Mass. (Keep in mind that in German “B" minor is h-moll because in German the letter “B” is H, and mass is “messe") What is its BWV number?

c) This work falls under the category of what genre of music?

d. Locate the Gloria of the mass. What instrumental and choral forces would be required to perform the opening movement?

e) The opening paragraphs tell you what volume of the NBA (Neue Bach Ausgabe) contains this work. Volume ___, band ___ .


III. Use the Index to Printed Music to find a source for Aaron Copland's setting of "Tis the gift to be simple." Give the pertinent bibliographic information such as title of source, publisher, editor, edition, vol/pages, etc.


IV. Use dissertation abstracts to find a DMA dissertation that discusses the compositional influences upon Eugene Bozza (composer).

What is the dissertation's full title, its author and to what university was it submitted?






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Select a music web site of your choice --something of interest to you. This should be a site of scholarly significance with real research value. It should have a .edu URL. It should not have a .com; this is a commercial site.
Consider the following points relative to the site and present it to the class in review format, highlighting the site's strong and weak points. Your presentation will be judged on how well you address the following aspects:


1) Can you identify the author and determine his/her credentials/expertise?2) Is this person affiliated with an educational institution or reputable organization?3) If the site is sponsored by an organization, can you determine its importance relevant to the subject. Is it a reliable source of information?


4) Is there in-depth coverage of the subject?
5) Are all aspects of the topic covered?
6) Does the source present new or unique information about the topic?
6) Is the information presented as fact or opinion?7) Is evidence provided?8) Are there links to more information or references?


9) Does the information address your topic?10) Is the site useful?11) Is it something you might bookmark to return to in the future?


12) Can you determine when the site was created or last updated?13) Is the information current?14) Is the information useful?

Use the class handout as a guide to the organization of your presentation.


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Due 11/5/2012

1)  Select a work of your choice to use in comparison. It can by anything -- piano, vocal, orchestral, etc. In the case of lengthy, multimovement works, select a movement or section.

2) Find this work in 2 versions: 1) facsimile, Urtext or in Collected Works [M3s], and 2) interpretive. [HINT: In ALEPH, you can use words such as facsimile and utext as search keywords to bring up the item. "Interpretive," however does not work.

3)  Make a comparison of these 2 versions/editions, noting discrepancies you find. See below for an example of the format this assignment should take.This assignment must be typed. Be specific if you refer to measure/letter numbers. WARNING  This assignment in and of itself should not be too time consuming, however, what WILL be time consuming (somewhat) is the "leg work" of finding the scores---the preparation.  The actual comparison shouldn't take that long.  By now you are expert researchers and this shouldn't be too hard, but there will need to be some time spent doing the "busy work" in gathering the materials. Come see me if you need any help. Here is how the assigment should look:

Title or work ________________________________ movement (if applicable) ____________________

Composer _____________________________Student or practical performing ed. publisher: ____________________

editor:__(if known)__________________________                     Call number: __________________


Urtext or Collected work or facsimile call number: ___________________

Before starting, number the measures (in light pencil if library copy and erase afterward). Make references to measure numbers, and beats within the measure. For example: measure 122, beat 3, pair of eighth notes.

facsimile, collected ed. or Urtext Interpretive
no accent mark no accent mark
no slurs added slur added over measure
18 (at Moderato)
metronome marking as 72 metronome = 78
no accent marks added added accent marks everywhere

NOTE: In some instances, you will find something occurring throughout the piece. You may summarize as: "slurs added by editor throughout the piece."                              


As a conclusion, summarize your findings, based on your chart.


How do the versions agree/disagree?


What is to be learned from this assignment?






Miscellaneous Reference Works

Examine the following items located in the REFERENCE collection. Write a synopsis of each work, explaining its organization and function. (In other words...what does it do?)

The Literature of Chamber Music REF ML 1100 .C63 1997 (4 vols.)The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre REF ML 102 .M88 G3 2001 (4 vols.)

A Chronology of American Musical Theater REF ML 1711.8 .N3 N67 2002 (3 vols.)

Catalogue of Vocal Solos and Duets Arranged in Biblical Order REF ML 128 .S3 L38 2003

Comprehensive Catalogue of Duet Literature for Female Voices REF ML 128 .V7 N53 1999Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts REF ML 54 .B15 C329 1996

Catalogue of Choral Music Arranged in Biblical Order (and supplement) REF ML 128 .C54 L4 1966

Bach English Title Index REF ML 134 .B1 R43 1993




Write extended program notes for an approved concert program. Provide footnotes (or endnotes) & bibliography. Format should be in Turabian or APA for music educators.GUIDELINES

Do not cite book reviews or video material. All citations should be cited according to the Turabian manual (or APA for music ed.).

  • You should have 8-10 individual reference sources, two of which should be periodical articles. DO not include popular sources such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, etc.
    DO not cite dictionary/encyclopedia sources unless it is a volume of the Grove, or similar scholarly source where the authors can be identified. They should be cited properly.
    Footnotes should be indented; bibliography entries should be outdented or "hanging" indent.
    You may choose end notes as a footnote alternative.
    You should have at least 1 (one) double-spaced page or more per concert work. A group or cycle counts as one. A program with three or fewer longer works should contain greater depth and detail and should have two or more double-spaced pages each.
  • One web site may included, but it should meet evaluative criteria as established in the course, and must be cited properly.

The project will account for 40% of the final grade.


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