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The Performing Arts Library is located at D-004 in the Center for the Performing Arts. Find more information about our hours.
First, know the title of the song collection OR the song title, composer/arranger, and if the song is part of a larger work (ex. Opera, song cycle, etc.). Need help identifying this information? Look at one of the indexes listed on the Using Song Indexes page.
Unable to find the song you’re looking for in KentLINK? Search OhioLINK and SearchOhio. Still no luck? Request items through Interlibrary Loan.
Would you prefer to browse our collections? Visit the Browsing Classical Songs/Arias page and find call numbers for browsing our collection or subject headings to search online or look through a selected list of our song and aria collections.
Below are general call number ranges. More about call numbers at the Library of Congress Classification page. For tips on searching for other music items in KentLINK, consult the Finding Library Items guide.
|M2||collected anthologies||M1621.4||song cycles|
|M3||collected works of individual composers||M1629||national song collections|
|M1495||vocal music collections||M1999-2006||sacred vocal music collections|
|M1497||secular vocal music collections||M2027||sacred solo arias|
|M1500-1503||operas||M2110-2112||collections of sacred songs|
|M1507||opera song collections||M2113||separate sacred songs|
|M1619-1620||collections of songs||ML128||song indexes|
Ballads, English [or other language]
Folk songs, English [or other language]
Operas -- Excerpts -- Vocal scores with piano
Oratorios -- Excerpts -- Vocal scores with piano
Sacred songs (High voice) with piano*
Sacred Songs (Low voice) with piano*
Songs -- United States [or other country name]
Songs (High voice) with piano*
Songs (Medium voice) with piano*
Songs, English [or other language]
*Piano is used for purposes of illustration; may also use guitar, harp, orchestra, organ, etc.
Often song titles included in anthologies are not listed individually in catalog records, which means you will not find them doing a keyword search in KentLINK (see ex. -30 Years--30 Hits). Song indexes include lists of songs - sometimes arranged by title, sometimes by composer, sometimes both – and provide cross-references for the anthologies/collections that include the song.
To identify song titles in collections, start with the indexes below. Online indexes are more up-to-date and comprehensive than print. Look up the song by title, composer, first line, or whatever you have. A code represents the anthologies that have that song. When you identify the collection, search for it in KentLINK. Remember, if KSU doesn’t own the collection, search OhioLINK, SearchOhio or submit an InterLibrary Loan request.
All titles are available in the Performing Arts Library. Reference titles (“Ref.”) are non-circulating and are located in the Performing Arts Library Reading Room.