This guide is to serve as a library skills refresher for students in Music 829.
At UWM Libraries, and most American university libraries, most physical materials are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system. In the system, each item is given a call number, which includes a combination of letters and numbers based on the subject matter, author, and date of the item.
Music materials are divided into call numbers beginning ML, for books and other material about music, MT for sources related to music instruction and study, and M, which is used for printed music. Within ML and MT, the organization proceeds by specific subject area. In the Ms, the organization is based on the instrumentation or ensemble the music is written for, with M2 and M3 used for large collected editions that might mix instrumentations.