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Hope Library Guides

.Music (General): Finding BOOKS

This is the main portal to databases and other library sources for music research at Van Wylen Library, Hope College.

Searching for Books in Primo

The search box above will search our print and digital collections for books and media. 

Limit results to just books under Resource type

  • When researching a specific musical work in books, think broad!  Don't search on the specific name of your piece, but instead look by composer or keyword combinations of musical era or type of composition. You may find your work mentioned within a broader book, or at least gain some broader context or background information.
  • Notice where your “keywords” appear in the record. They are often underlined in yellow. 
  • Experiment with the words you search with! Use your initial results to brainstorm different ways of describing your topic.

See a title that looks interesting? Click on the record to see how to access it digitally or in print:

Primo Record View it and Get it sections

Looking for more books like this one?  Keep an eye out for the following features:

Subjects: Click on these links to find other books on this same topic

Subject Heading Links in Primo

Virtual Browse - See what books are next to yours on the shelf.  They might also be relevant!

Primo Virtual Browse

Not finding many books on your topic?  After trying a search, look in the "Tweak Your Results" menu for the MeLCat and WorldCat links:

image of external search links in Primo


This will start a new search on your topic in MeLCat or WorldCat, joint catalogs for libraries throughout Michigan and the United States.  You can request to borrow these items and they will be shipped to Van Wylen.



Other Catalogs

If you are unable to locate the resource you need through MeLCat, there are other catalogs you can use to order books and media.