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Guide for students studying Musicology at the University of Melbourne.

Finding Books

Use the Library Catalogue to search for relevant books, print journals, newspapers, etc.

  • To find books on a particular subject, perform a keyword search in the library catalogue.

For example: music history

  • Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results so you may need to narrow your search by adding more words.

For example: music history analysis

  • Click on the hyperlinked subject descriptions within a catalogue record to find similar books.

For example, to find more books with the same description, click on: Music -- 19th century -- History and criticism

  • Browse the shelves or library catalogue at 780.9 to find books on music history and on individual composers.

For example:

780.9        Music History: Ancient times to 21st century
780.92      Works about individual composers
780.922    Books about a number of composers and their music

Don't forget that you can have books sent from other branch libraries to your campus for pick-up.

Just click the Request button and follow the prompts.



Book lists, compiled by experts, are invaluable publications, outlining the lists of writings on a topic, period, composer, etc, and often include critical annotations for each entry. A must for the start of any literature review or comprehensive research topic. Many are located in our Reference Collection and some examples include :