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Music Resources Online: Library Video Tutorials

The videos linked below have been created to help you get the most out of specific library resources. If there is something you would like to see a video on, please let us know!

Searching Compass
Our library catalog is actually a lot more than a catalog. It is an advanced, multi-purpose search interface packed with features you can use to save time and manage your research. This tutorial will get you up to speed on a powerful tool.

Using the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
More than a dictionary, the New Grove is the pre-eminent source of information on music in the English language. It has a number of useful features you may not be aware of. This video covers every aspect of using the New Grove in both the print version and the online version.

Navigation Collected Critical Score Editions with Grove and IPM
Ever wonder how to find the piece you are looking for in a collected critical edition of a composer's works? That's what this video is all about. Learn all of the tricks, and you'll soon be using these scholarly resources like a pro.

Field Guide to Monographs and Essay Collections
Reading a scholarly text is different from reading Harry Potter. This video talks about different kind of scholarly books: monographs and essay collections; primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. We look at different parts of these works, how to engage them more efficiently, and how to use them as a point of departure for learning more on a topic.

Introduction to Database Searching
Ever wonder how to access and get the most out of those hundreds of databases the library subscribes to? This video walks you through some of the most common database search interfaces, discussing typical features, how to use them, and things to watch for.

Using Music Research Databases
This video examines several individual databases that are particularly useful for doing music research. Picking up where "Intro to Database Searching" leaves off, you can learn where to look for what, and develop the same research chops your professors have.

Using Music Research Handbooks
Save yourself an enormous amount of time by taking advantage of the extensive bibliographic research already done for you in research handbooks. This video goes into the variations in structure and indexing you need to understand in order to get the most out of these library resources.

Introduction to Thematic Catalogs in Music
Thematic catalogs are one of the most powerful tools at our disposal for conducting music research, but they are also one of the most challenging to use. This guide is an introduction to thematic catalogs, and aims to make you more comfortable finding, navigating, and engaging them.

Accessing Resources through Prospector and Interlibrary Loan 
As complete as it is, DU's library collection is only the beginning of what you have access to. Use this tutorial to learn how to discover and access library materials from around Colorado and around the world!