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See Updates and FAQs for the latest library services updates. Subject Librarians are available for online appointments, and Virtual Reference has extended hours.


Library Updates During COVID-19

Please note that the Libraries have significant changes in service during Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

  • Access: Access to any library location will be limited to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Signage will be posted to indicate the university's Safe Return to Campus guidelines - such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings (University Policy Number 1415), and other protocols - and those who do not adhere to the university's policies and guidelines may be asked to leave and may be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Closed Stacks: Circulation requests should be made via your Library Account, and the stacks will be closed for browsing. If you encounter difficulty placing your request, please email Requests for access to some collections (such as in our Special Collections Research Center) will be by appointment-only.
  • Study Spaces and Computers: To promote physical distancing and follow university guidelines, some tables, carrels, workstations, and chairs will be removed or marked out-of-use in each library. The number of people allowed in each library building will also be limited to allow for appropriate distancing. Some spaces and areas may also be closed. For example, group study rooms will be closed. Individual study rooms will be available for reservation.

For more information, please see the Libraries' FAQ.

Begin Your Research

This Infoguide provides basic information on where to find different types of musical materials - click a tab on the left.

  • Find Scores (and parts-sets) to study and perform, in print and online.

  • Find Recordings in the physical collection and from online streaming audio/video libraries.

  • Find Books in Mason Libraries and elsewhere.

  • Find Articles with music-specific database indexes that point to articles and studies on your topic (or use the Metafinder below!)

  • Write & Cite: learn about citation styles and Zotero software.

  • Get Help: chat with an online librarian or set up an individual appointment.

Music Metafinder

Mason Metafinder : MUSIC

This handy and quick engine searches ALL FOUR* of our principal music literature database indexes simultaneously.
(It discovers citations to journal articles, reviews, and books. It does not find recordings or scores.)
Type your term(s) in the textbox above and click the button.

*RILM, Music Periodical Database (formerly IIMP), Music Index, RIPM