The Source - Finding Scores and Recordings
The Source has two interfaces: a Web interface, and a text-only Telnet interface. It's the same catalog, but each interface has its advantages.
The best all-around option, especially for short works, is to use the catalog's Web interface, http://source.unco.edu.
- Select the KEYWORD option.
- Type appropriate words, linking them with and, or, or and not
- (e.g. sebastian and bach and magnificat ).
- To get all the variant spellings of a word, type the beginning and an asterisk
- (e.g. orchest* = orchestra, orchestras, Orchester, orchestre, etc.).
- Use the pull-down menus to limit your search, if appropriate.
- MATERIAL TYPE lets you limit to scores (or recordings, or videos)
- LOCATION lets you limit to the CD collection, and so forth.
For short works (individual songs, small piano pieces), use a Word Search. If that fails, ask for assistance.
Word searching isn't very efficient for finding generically-titled works by major composers (e.g. Mozart concerti). For these, author searching, which works better in the Telnet interface, will yield the best results.