Classic Catalog - Music

The MacPháidín Library has collections containing music recordings on both cassettes and CDs. Both of these collections are shelved in locked cabinets on the first floor of the library. To borrow one, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

To find sound recordings on cassette or CD, please search our Classic Catalog. There are several search strategies that may help:

IF YOU KNOW THE TITLE OF THE ALBUM OR SPOKEN RECORDING:  
  • Use the title search. At the web title search screen, type in Sound of Music. If the library owns this title, either the record for the title will appear on the screen or you will be presented with a list results.
  • If you receive a results screen, there may be more than one match for your title. In the case of Sound of Music, there are four entries. The first is for Sound of Music, the second for Sound of Music 2 48 . The third is for Sound of Music Julie Andrews and the fourth is for Sound of Music Mary Martin. The first Sound of Music is the correct entry. At this point, there are four items with the title of Sound of Music. From the medium column on this page, the first entry is designated as a MUSIC RECORDING. The second entry is PRINTED MATL - or a book. The third entry is a MUSIC RECORDING and the fourth is a VID/DVD/SLIDES. The third entry is the only item with the Sound of Music in its title - and it has a medium of MUSIC RECORDING. This is the correct entry.
  • Click on the link for the third entry. From the record in the catalog for this item, it is apparent that this is a Compact Disc - from the designation in the Location field. Ask at the Circulation Desk for help retrieving this.
IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT MUSIC RECORDINGS THE LIBRARY OWNS BY A PARTICULAR SINGER:  
  • Use the author search. At the web author search screen, type in the author's name - last name, first name. For example, type in Andrews, Julie.
  • There are five entries on the results screen. The library owns five items in which Julie Andrews sang or starred. Look in the Medium column to differentiate films from music recordings.
IF YOU WANT TO BROWSE MUSIC RECORDINGS BY COMPOSER:  
  • Use the author search. At the web author search screen, type in the author's name - last name, first name. For example, type in Tchaikovsky Peter Ilich. The library owns 59 sound recording of Tchaikovsky's compositions - and 2 copies of PRINTED MUSIC
TIPS, HINTS & TRICKS  
  • Use a keyword search in order to find the performer of one particular song on a compilation recording. For example, type in "Sarah AND Brightman" in order to find all recordings on which Sarah Brightman sings.
  • Also, use a keyword search in order to find the title of a song that may be on a sound recording. For example, type in edelweiss to retrieve a list of all items that may contain the song Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. It is also possible to use this search method to find an album with a particular song. For example, do a keyword search for "Glory AND Days." This search retrieves a list of all records with glory and days in their searchable fields. Notice that the eight record is for Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. album on which Glory Days is an individual song title.
  • To identify whether a music recording is in cassette or CD format, look at the location field in the item's record in the library catalog. Cassettes have a location of Cassettes and CDs have a location of Compact Discs. To retrieve either a cassette or a CD, please ask at the Circulation Desk.