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Background Information

The following resources provide background information on a wide range of topics. Start here to get a sense of the scholarly context surrounding the work, composer, artist, or issue you're researching.

Go-To Research Resources

What's Where?

Scores, CDs, performing-arts related DVDs, and a selection of performing arts-related books are held in the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) in the Performing Arts Building. Most books and literature are located in the main library's Stacks. Some DVDs and all LPs are held in the Instructional Media Center (IMC) in the main library.

Call Numbers for Music

Library of Congress Call Numbers for music include: 

M: Collected works, music scores

ML: Books about music, music history, and more

MT: Books on music theory, instruction

Critical Reading Tutorials