E-mail Address:
This information is essential so the assignment can be identified.
Gordon J. Callon

site map

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

[ questions: 1-2 | 3-4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ]

[ subjects: to access Library Catalogue | Complete Records | Cross References | Holdings | Electronic Journals ]

Music 1253 Worksheet no. 4. Acadia Library Online Computer Catalogue 2.

Acadia Library Online Computer Catalogue (WebCat), con'd.

Worksheet 3 introduced some methods for finding items in the Acadia Library Online Computer Catalogue (WebCat). Worksheet 4 continues looking at the Library Catalogue, using some more advanced features.

Like Worksheet 3, 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.

Using the instructions given in Worksheet 3, access the Library Computer Catalogue.

  You can access the Library Computer Catalogue from any computer attached to the Internet, normally using MS Explorer 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:

Complete Records:

Top Top

Often, in using the Library Computer Catalogue, the Search Results -- Complex Search under a search term provides adequate information (since the Call Number and other information are given). Sometimes the information given by the search results list is incomplete and, as a result, misleading.
For example:

Using Subject, find the Subject entry "Counterpoint".

A list of Records about Counterpoint should appear in the Search Results -- Complex Search screen.

Using the these Records, find the book with the title An Introduction to the Skill of Musick.

1. According to the initial listing for this book, what is the date of publication (given as part of the call number, or after clicking on the VIEW button, in the "Published" row of the entry)? [This is not completely accurate information.]

/ 8


(If necessary), select the View button. view

When this screen is viewed, one discovers that the actual author of the book is John Playford (1623-1686?) and that it was originally published in 1694. The book in the Acadia Library is a facsimile of this original. (The library record states "Reprint" which is correct but not as specific as facsimile.)

2. Which edition was the 1694 printing?

/ 12


Cross References 1: Related SUBJECT Headings:

This software allows a sort of cross reference searches under the label Related Headings that one can use to broaden a subject search.

Using Subject, find the entry "Counterpoint".

Click on

There are also cross references.

This should produce the screen with the title:

Catalogue Lookup by Cross Reference


3. What are two related headings for Counterpoint?

/ 8

Select Fugue.

Top Top

Thirteen Records [or possibly more] should be available.

4. Give the Author of any one book in this list.

/ 12



Go Back to the initial Counterpoint listing.

Another way of finding Cross References is to use the alternate Subject categories provided by the catalogue under some entries.

Click on the VIEW button view for the entry:

Fauxbourdon : an historical survey
Trumble, Ernest.

5. List the four alternate Subject: terms for this entry.

/ 12


Top Top

Cross References 3: CALL NUMBER LINKS:

Each Search Results -- Complex Search screen provides a Call Number for the item. Normally, the Call Number entries above the main heading (after the VIEW button is clicked) are Linked to the list of Call Numbers, Lookup by Call Number.

Because books on similar subjects, with similar contents, or with music for similar ensembles (etc.) are normally grouped together under the same or similar Call Numbers, searching other items with similar Call Numbers will provide related resources.

Click on the Call Number for

The craft of modal counterpoint : a practical approach
Benjamin, Thomas
. [Remember to click on VIEW first.]
MT55 .B447

This should produce the Lookup by Call Number screen.

6. Looking at the entries for the items with Call Numbers beginning MT55, what is the subject matter that these books have in common? Be as specific as possible.

/ 12



You may wish to know which volumes the Library owns of a particular periodical, series, set, etc. Using HOLDINGS, some entries will list volumes of a particular title (a set or series) that the Library owns.

[Click on the NEW SEARCH button.]

Using Author in the Search the Library Catalogue screen, find the entry brahms works.

Among the items listed, there should be Brahms' Complete Works, in German, Sämtliche Werke. This is a Collected Edition (with a call number beginning M3), so the Library should have several volumes.

Once you have reached the Search Result -- Complex Search screen for this item, in order to view lists of the volumes and numbers actually owned by the Library, simply scroll down the screen until the Copy Material Location list appears. This lists all volumes or parts of this collection owned by the Library. [Note that the German word for volume is Band.]

7. Using Copy Material Location, give the VOLUME and Call Number of the last volumne of Johannes Brahms, Sämtliche Werke owned by the Acadia Library:

/ 12


Top Top


Until Acadia University Library subscribed to Electronic Journals, it was necessary to use the Holdings procedure to discover whether the Library ownes particular volumes of a journal. Indeed, this can still be done using the procedure outlined above. For a few journals that are not available as electronic resources, this is still necessary.

Using Electronic Journals obviously is more convenient. As long as the user is logged into an Acadia account, access is immediate. In addition, the JOURNAL article wanted can be printed by the user, so it is unnecessary to obtain a printed copy.

Using New Search, and Title, look up the journal Music & Letters.

This should produce several items. Scroll down until the actual journal is found. (In this case there are three entries, one for the paper copies, and two electronic resources, with alternate versions of the title.)

Choose one with the label "electronic resource" and click on View.

Only one of the two "electronic resource" versions of the Journal will provide a complete listing of the volumes available. You will need to look at both to find the one you need..
Click on each of the URLs with the label, "Electronic resource:" to find the one that provides a list of the volumes available. (The other gives only information about the resource, and shows a sample of the current issue.) This should take you directly to the site with electronic copies of the journal.

8. Give the VOLUME and DATE of the earliest issue of Music & Letters available as an electronic resource.

/ 12

Access via Google

It is often possible to access the electronic journals directly from a Google search. As long as the user is logged into an Acadia account, the Google link will lead to an electronic version of the article sought, using the Acadia subscription.

Of course, for Google to find the article, the user must be very specific in choice of search terms. Just to see how this works, enter the following into a Google search: william lawes vocal music review.

Select the HTML version rather than the PDF. You will notice when the electronic version of the article is opened, one of the headings is "Access provided by Acadia University".

9. Give the name of the journal, the volume number, the date, and the page numbers of this article (review). (These are all provided on one line just above the beginning of the article. You can copy this one line and paste it in as your answer.)

/ 12

[Total: / 100]

Top Top

Because there is so much explanation on this Worksheet, it is easy to miss some questions.
Check to ensure that you have answered all questions.
Make sure you have entered your name at the top of the Worksheet.
When you are sure that the answers on your Worksheet are correct, submit the answers by clicking on the Submit button below.

Last updated: 11 September 2005.  
Copyright © 2005 by Gordon J. Callon. All rights reserved. e-mail: gcallon@ca.inter.net or gordon.callon@acadiau.ca
site map
Back Score Links | Back Acadia University Home Page | Back Faculty of Arts Home Page