Research Assistance

Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk for any “how to” question: to get started on music research or in writing a paper, to learn to use the library catalog, Internet resources, CD-ROMs, etc. At the Circulation Desk, other staff handle questions relating to the availability and location of library materials.

The reference desk is staffed Monday – Thursday from 9 am through 10 pm, Friday from 9 am through 5 pm, and Sunday from 3 pm through 5 pm. At other times, ask to see a librarian or supervisor. You may also make an appointment with one of the librarians to discuss in-depth research needs.

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Music Reference Collection

About 1,900 music encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical sources, bibliographies and repertoire lists, directories, song indexes, and books that provide factual information on music topics comprise the music reference collection. These items are identified with the location Music reference in the catalog. All are shelved by their Library of Congress call numbers in the Music Library Reference Room.

Local Databases and Printed Indexes

We have created a number of specialized sources to solve particular music access problems:

  • UT Analysis Index - Complements Harold Diamond’s Musical Analyses Reference ML128.A7D5 1991; use this book and index to find program notes and descriptions of musical compositions in books in our collection.
  • UT Song Index - An online index to about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published anthologies that are owned by the UT Music Library. The index is available through our home page on the Internet. Use it to find words and music to songs of all types.
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Index - An online index to the programs and program notes of the KSO from 1964-1999 (Season 31 – 64). The KSO program booklets are available in the UT Music Library.
  • UT Concert and Recital Recordings – Recordings made by the UT School of Music since 1998 are searchable in the library catalog. The recordings have been deposited for use in the Music Library.
  • The Music Library has a print version of the Jamey Aebersold’s New Approach to Jazz Improvisation set (MT68 .A4), or search the online link for titles.

Database Searching

PERIODICAL INDEXES and other databases available via computer offer several advantages: 1) faster searching of several years of an index, 2) complex search topics are easier to formulate because you are not limited to official subject headings, 3) limiting by date, language, format of materials, etc. is possible, and 4) printing or downloading citations saves lots of time.

The Music databases page offers a comprehensive list of databases useful to music researchers.

Interlibrary Services

UTK faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials from other libraries under the provisions of this service.

WHY USE IT? If the UTK Libraries do not own the items you need, we can try to locate and borrow them from other libraries. Most of the time, this service is free of charge although rush requests may entail a fee.

HOW? You will need citations from the library catalog, a database such as WorldCat or a periodical index, or from a published bibliography so that full information on the item is available. Place your ILS requests online! (Sorry, this service is for UTK users only.) For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan page.