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[In completing this Worksheet, it is recommended that a second window be opened (in MS Explorer or Firefox enter Ctrl-N).
One Window can contain the Worksheet, while the second window is used to search the Library Catalogue.]

[ questions: 1-3 | 4 | 5-6 | 7 | 8-10 | 11 ]

[ subjects: To access Library Catalogue | Word(s) Anywhere Search | Title Search | Author Search ]

Music 1253 Worksheet no. 3. Acadia Library Online Computer Catalogue 1.

Acadia Library Online Computer Catalogue (WebCat)

Books in the Acadia University Library are listed in the computer catalogue (WebCat).

Some of the items in the Computer Catalogue are older materials that have been entered in short form. New books, still being catalogued may be in this form. This also is done when an older book or other item is signed out by a user, simply to enter the loan in the Computer. Such items have NOT been Catalogued on the Computer. As a result, the information for these items on the Computer is incomplete and may be inaccurate.

Worksheet no. 3 gives a brief tutorial in some of the aspects of using the library online computer catalogue (WebCat). This tutorial is NOT intended as instruction in the actual use of the computers or the library catalogue itself. Library Reference staff will assist with questions concerning the online catalogue and the Library. This tutorial is intended only to provide drill in the use of this catalogue in the study of music.

  You can access the Library Computer Catalogue from any computer attached to the Internet, normally using MS Explorer, Firefox or another WWW browser.

In the Library:

Often the computers in the Reference Section are at an appropriate place to begin. If in doubt, if already in the Online Computer Catalogue, click on the NEW SEARCH button (in the column of the left of the screen). If you do this, you will then skip the next few steps on this Worksheet.

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Using MS Explorer, Firefox or another browser:

On the World Wide Web, the Library Computer Catalogue is at the URL (address):

The Library Computer Catalogue can be accessed from the Music 1253 course site, under:

General Music Reference SourcesVaughan Memorial LibraryOnline Catalogue (WebCat)

[Click on Online Catalogue.]

If connecting from the Vaughan Memorial Library site, click on CATALOGUE.

You also can reach the Library through the Acadia University WWW site by following the route:

ACADIA UNIVERSITY—[select the tab (upper right of screen)] Library

When you reach the main Library Catalogue entry point, you then should see something that looks like the following image.

Click here to see image

For this Worksheet, you can Log in by clicking on the Search the library catalogue / digital collection GO button.

You should see something that looks like the following image.

Click here to see image

If you see the image shown above, you are in the Library Catalogue.
If another image is on screen, enter the Library Catalogue by clicking on the small Search button at the top or the NEW SEARCH button at the left side of the screen.

You should see the screen reproduced in the link above.

At this point, you will probably be in the Search the Library Catalogue and Archives screen of the WebCat.

For this section of the Worksheet we will use this screen.
[For most Library Catalogue searches, entering search terms in the box marked "word(s) anywhere" provides satisfactory results.]


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[Note: Searches may be one or more words; separate words must have spaces between them. Invert personal names (last name first); enter others in direct order. Omit initial articles ("The", "A", "An", etc. ) in titles. Search terms can be shortened by leaving off letters or words at the end.]

[Note: when entering information into the computer, the presence or lack of spaces sometimes is important, so enter the given terms exactly. Entries may be all upper case or lower case letters, or a mixture. The Library Computer makes no distinction.]

[To back out of screens click on the GO BACK button.]

Important: You must use this Library Catalogue GO BACKbutton.

Using the MS Explorer, Firefox (or other browser) back or forward buttons will not work properly within the Library Catalogue.


In the word(s) anywhere box, enter:


Then select the Search Catalogue button (just below the entry boxes).

Several Entries ("search...titles") will appear concerning MUSIC HISTORY, labelled "Search Results".


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1. Under the heading (Search Results -- Complex Search) dealing with Music History, how many Results are listed (labelled "...titles")?

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2. Give the names of author(s) of any one book in this category.

[Click on the Details button of entries until an author's name is found for a book.]     Details

[The authors’ names are given in the main heading. Note that in this context an editor is not an "author".]

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3. Give the names of editor(s) of any one book in this category:

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Click the GO BACK until the Search the Library Catalogue and Archives screen appears

Remember: Click the GO BACK button; NOT the browser back button.

SUBJECT Headings include names of individuals, organisations, etc., when the book in question is ABOUT the person named:

Enter in the box with the heading "subject":

claudio monteverdi

When treating a person's name as a subject, it does not seem to matter whether the first or family name is entered first.
In other words, one can enter claudio monteverdi or monteverdi claudio. It seems to make no difference in the results.
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Click on the Search Catalogue button.

This should produce a list of books about Claudio Monteverdi.

4. What is the TITLE of the book by Nigel Fortune?

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GO BACK to the main Search the Library Catalogue and Archives screen.

Note: When you are two or more screens deep in a search, you can avoid repeated clicks on the GO BACK button by using the NEW SEARCH button.


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TITLE Searches:

At the Search the Library Catalogue and Archives screen, enter in the box with the heading "title": renaissance music.

Click on the Search Catalogue button.

5. Using Title search, give the Author(s) of one book or CD recording with title only of, or beginning (with other words following): Renaissance Music.

[You will probably need to click on the FORWARD button several times.]

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AUTHOR Searches:

Using a procedure similar to that above, but using the box with the heading "author", find the main entry for Claudio Monteverdi.

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When entering a person's name as author, you must enter the last name first: monteverdi claudio.

6. Under the main heading for Claudio Monteverdi as Author, how many Entries ("titles")are listed?

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7. Claudio Monteverdi published eight books of Madrigals.
In the Eighth Book, Monteverdi included a dramatic work that is a setting of a portion of the epic poem Gerusalemme liberata, by Torquato Tasso, featuring the two characters, Tancredi and Clorinda.

What is the Italian [i.e., original] title of this dramatic work?

[You may need to click on the FORWARD button.]

Be careful! You will need to click on the Details button Details to be sure that you have the correct title.

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[Of course, to go backward through the list of Entries, you need to use the BACKWARD button.]


In addition to the names of individual authors, the AUTHOR headings contain the names of organisations such as companies, societies, performing ensembles, universities, government and public agencies, churches, etc.

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Using Author, look up the Music Library Association.

8. Give the title of one book or booklet under this heading.

Be careful! You will need to click on the Details button Details to ensure that the item is a book or booklet.

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9. Give the title of one Periodical (Serial) produced by this organisation:

Be careful! Again, You will need to click on the Details button Details to ensure that the item is a periodical.

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The AUTHOR section contains the names of performing ensembles.

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Look up Hilliard Ensemble.

10. For the most part, what type of entry (i.e., books, serials, films, dictionaries, etc.) is found under this heading?

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[For question 10, be sure to click on the FORWARD button if it is available. (If not available, the entries are complete.)]

11. Give the Author/Composer and Title of any one entry under Hilliard Ensemble.

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Last updated: 23 September 2006.  
Copyright © 2006 by Gordon J. Callon. All rights reserved. e-mail: gordon.callon @
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