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Music Research Guide

This online guide is designed to help patrons who are investigating music related topics and provides an overview of resources available to help them in their research.

Helpful Reference Books

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

If you are looking for books on Musical Theatre at any of our Marshall Libraries, here is a brief overview of the call number sections that may be helpful in your search. The Drinko, Morrow, and Charleston Library Stacks are organized through the Library of Congress cataloguing system which assigns Music subject books under the designation "M." For Musical Theatre a good place to start is under the "ML" designation.

Areas to Search for Musical Theatre topics:

  • M
    • M1500: Full score of musicals
    • M1503: Piano-vocal scores of musicals
    • M1505: Excerpts from musicals (full scores)
    • M1507-1508: Excerpts from musicals (piano-vocal scores)
  • ML
    • ML50: Liberettos, Texts, and Scenarios
    • ML102: Musical Theatre dictionaries and encyclopedias
    • ML385: History of Musical Theatre
    • ML410: Biographies of composers
    • ML420: Biographies of performers 
    • ML1700-1711: History of musical theatre
    • ML2054: Musical Theatre special topics
  • MT
    • MT955-956:  Musical Theater
    • MT960: Music in the theater

Subject Headings are great ways to search for a particular type of topic that you are looking for in your research. Subject Headings are standardized under the Library of Congress classification, so locating a particular subject heading can be searched in not only our Marshall Libraries but in libraries across the U.S. Use one of the following Subject Headings to help you narrow down your search.

Subject Headings for Musical Theatre:

Helpful Databases for Musical Theatre