This guide will provide MUS 120 students with a general library orientation including resources and strategies for accessing print and non-print resources about opera singers and operas.

Selected Reference Books

The following titles are located in the Reference Area on the first floor. Use them inside the library only. 

Print Sources

Locate Print Sources 
Learn how to access various types of print sources in the library. 

      • Reference books (in-library use only)
      • Circulating books (available for checkout)

Gale Reference Books

Access Gale Reference Books

In your search for print, begin with the select reference titles on either side of this page. To find criticism on specific works, use the Gale Literary Sources database and search by title. (Password required)

Many of the essays that appear in print also appear online in the Gale Literary Sources database but not all. Depending on your work, you may find more sources online than in print or vice versa. NOTE: Make sure you don't find the same source in print and online.

1. Once you click on Gale Literary Sources link from the library databases list, click on Gale Literary Index

Do a Title Search for your work.

OR do a Works Search


3. Select the title that best fits your work and author. Match words exactly as entered. 


4. We don't necessarily own all Gale reference titles, but we own most that will appear in these results.  The bold number indicates the volume and the others are pages where your work appears. Most of the essays in these books appeared elsewhere first, often in  a journal or book. 


5. For more information on how to cite these print works. Go to the Citations tab at the top of this page.

Access Circulating Books

For additional print sources located on the 2nd Floor or in Ready Reference,
click inside the OneSearch box below to search
Do a KEYWORD search using the performer or opera title. This is a very broad search. 
If your opera is more than one word, use quotation marks for an "exact phrase" search. 

Use Advanced Search to select the SUBJECT field and type opera to find related materials.


Opera Excerpts
Opera Excerpts Vocal Scores Piano
Opera Librettos
Opera Stories Plots Etc
Opera Vocal Scores with Piano 


search by or performer's last name, first name

Select a library subject heading that includes the director or writer's name as well as "criticism and interpretation".

Location, Location, Location

There are five main locations you will see listed as you search the catalog.

Reference-Use call number to locate in the Reference area. Ask staff if you need assistance.

Reference Help Desk- Provide call number and Citrus ID card to Reference Desk staff to check out these items for in-library use.

2nd Floor Book Stacks-Use call number to locate on the 2nd Floor. Ask staff if you need assistance. Make sure it's available.

2nd Floor Media -Provide call number and Citrus ID card to Audiovisual Desk staff to check out these items.

Internet-Learn more about these by clicking the eBooks tab at the top of the page.

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