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Violin Masterclass: Using Search@UW to find Music Materials

Finding good editions to perform from

Using Search@UW to find materials at UWM and beyond

Search@UW that you see on the main library website searches ... *all* of UW. To find music materials that UWM owns, start at the UWM Music Library website. This widget will get you started, but look below for more information.

Use Search@UW to find resources in the Music Library.

To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters.

Searching the Catalog can be a bit daunting. If you use the search box on the front of the Libraries' website, called Search@UW, you will get results from ALL of the UW campuses. In order to limit to what we have physically, you want to go the search page itself.


So first Click on the 'go' button


and you will see this


To limit to just what UWM owns use the dropdown

To sign in to your account so that you can renew materials or make requests from other UW libraries, look in the upper right corner for the 'Sign in' or 'My Account' links.


Click on Guest and it will prompt you to sign in



You'll see this and login with your ePantherID/PW

and you'll see the, by now, familiar screen


And now I am logged in



To see what you have checked out, any fines you have, requests you've made from other campuses, etc. Click on My Account

and you'll see this



  • Title Search:

Story of the blues

Champagne Charlie and Pretty Jemima

Evenings with the Orchestra

blues people

encyclopedia of the blues

  • Journal Title Search:

Journal of the American Musicological Society

Living Blues


  • Author Search:

paul robeson

amiri baraka

Judith Kuhn

leroy jones

gillian rodger

bob marley

price leontyne


Subject Headings are assigned to each item in the library to help describe what it is like in its entirety. So books (or recordings or scores) will often have only one or two subject headings, but these headings are linked together and once you find one item that is exactly what you want, you can click the Subject Heading and the catalog will bring you back a list of more items with the same topic.


  • Sample Subject Headings


Books about a person: Ellington, Duke

Books about a class of people: Jazz musicians --United States --Biography  

Books about a type of music: Popular Music


To limit further, you can use the Advanced Search

And then select your parameters

You can set your search type

and tell the system how you want it to search and don't forget about the other options

You can limit in other ways too... For example, if your results are bringing back a lot of materials in languages that you don't read, you can limit the search to only English, or to English and whatever language you can read.


And also by the format that you're looking for - Need a Score? or a Recording? That can be done too


Finding a recording

If you're looking for a specific album, Rubber Soul for example, you can just do a title search
Performers are considered authors, so you can search by name for a specific performer to find a recording where the artist is a major contributor. To limit to sound recordings you can add the word 'sound' or to limit to CDs you can add the phrase "4 3/4" - note: you must include the quotation marks to complete the phrase.
robeson AND sound
ellington AND "4 3/4"
beethoven AND sonatas AND violin NOT sound
bach AND "bwv 150" AND "4 3/4"

What kind of call numbers are these ?

UWM Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system for its books, scores, and journals. They basic outline for Music breaks down to this

  • M - printed music
  • ML - books about music and musicians
  • MT - books about the teaching of music and training of musicians

Location, Location, Location ! ! !

Make sure that you look carefully at the catalog and identify where in the Libraries the item is located. An item might be in the general stacks, the reference collection, folio, compact storage, or even microforms. You don't want to go looking in the wrong place for an item.

Reference Universe is a giant index to reference materials available at UWM. Try it out to see what hidden reference gems you might uncover!

Reference Universe

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Music, Theatre, & Dance Librarian

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Anna Grau Schmidt
Golda Meir Library, User Services
(414) 251-7510