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Helpful Links

Staff in the Arts & Special Collections Research Center are happy to answer questions as you get started or set up individual appointments to help get you started with library resources. Here are some links and tutorials you can explore to brush up on your searching skills.

How are things organized?


Where are definitions for musical terms?


What databases can I access?

    • Database A-Z list.  From the subject list, choose "music" to see just the resources for your discipline. You can also browse by content type or search for words in the title or description.


What if the libraries doesn't have a title I need?

    • OSOFast. Service of the Baylor Libraries that gets materials from other libraries for your use (traditionally known as interlibrary loan service, or ILL). For faculty and graduate students, OsoFast can also provide digital copies of print journal articles that we have here.


How long can I keep the items I check out?

Search Tips

Because music materials require you to work with multiple languages and formats, we recommend you begin your search in the 'advanced search' mode of the online library catalog:  OneSearch


  • limit by format at the beginning of your search to narrow your results (books, scores, sound recordings, etc.)
  • remove language specific terms (i.e. Sonata in D Major)
  • use an asterisk to truncate words that might have multiple endings (symphon* )

For more help using OneSearch, check out the module below:


Using OneSearch 

Search Basics

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