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Key Staff Contacts:

Ann Lindell

Acting Music Librarian
Fall 2012

Michele Wilbanks
Library Associate 2

Mary (Mame) Wood

Library Assistant 3


Music Library 
231 MUB 
PO Box 117900 
Gainesville, FL 32611-7900


Hints for searching the online catalog

The library catalog works on a “keyword” system.  You can use several clue words of an item to find an entry in the library catalog.  Type no more than 3 words into the space (you don’t need to use the word “and”).  Use the bigger, more specific words from the title as your keywords; don’t use small, common words like “for,” “then,” “the,” etc.  Leave the drop-down option as “Select One” or “Anywhere,” so that words from any part of the cataloging record will be included.  This way you can combine an author or composer name with words from the title.

Once you get a results list, you can use the “Narrow Results By” box on the left to refine your results.  The most useful is the “Format” option, where you can limit to “CD” or “Musical Score.”  Use the term “Musical Score,” NOT “Music,” when searching for scores/sheet music.

Sometimes (not 100% accurate) a format icon appears on the item in the results list to tell what type of item it is.  The icons are just a guide, as there are many errors, and icons do not always appear with the entry. 

  • The CD picture of CD  usually indicates a CD recording. 
  • LPs should have a little speaker icon  picture of LP , although they may mistakenly have a CD icon.
  • The musical notes musical notes  indicate a musical score, or sheet music
  • The little book book   indicates a book. 
  • "e" in a square   represents an electronic book, or E-book.


VHS tapes and DVDs have icons too.  Librettos (scripts to operas and musicals) are classified as books.  Books that have CDs included in the back of the book will have only the CD icon (but it will usually have an ML or a MT call number).

With entries for CDs and LPs, you usually need to click on the title line of the resulting entry to see the complete contents of the CD.  If you use the keyword “Select One” or “Anywhere” option, sometimes the results won’t match what you want.  Keep looking and clicking on the titles until you get a good match.  Don’t narrow to “Title” when you’re looking for a CD or musical score.  The titles of music compositions can have many varieties and languages, so your search needs to be broad.

The results are sorted by relevance, but the best matches aren’t always first, especially for scores and CDs.  You sometimes need to go through a couple of screens before you get to the best match. 



Music Library
Contact Information: Phone (352) 273-2815  Fax (352) 846-2748