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Sing It!: Getting started

Resources for Singers, Choral Directors, and Vocal Music Researchers


OneSearch is Maag Library's discovery layer and it's on the middle tab on our homepage.

Use it to search MaagNET, OhioLINK, and most of our databases, ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Be sure to use the "limiters" in the left sidebar to narrow down your results.

Using Library Catalogs

MaagNET - the online catalog; provides access to books, scores, recordings, videos, journal subscription and holdings information, and some government documents owned by Maag Library. (DO NOT use the catalog to look for specific journal or magazine articles!)  Accessible from Under the "QuickLinks" heading or using the default search box!

You are strongly encouraged to begin your searches using the Keyword Search  This is because "keyword" searching:

    • Allows use of Boolean operators:  or, not  ("and" is automaticly used!)
    • Searches multiple fields of the individual bibliographic records (material descriptions) simultaneously.
    • Allows truncation (shortening to root or base) of terms (?, *, etc. = truncation symbols)

Remember! -- think of as many different possible titles of a work as you can!

For example, The Marriage of Figaro might be Le Nozze di Figaro or Die Hochzeit des Figaro;

Die Zauberflöte is also known as The Magic Flute.  Haydn's "A Pastorale" is also known as "My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair."

Also -- think of as many identifying elements as you can!

For example, thematic catalog number [e.g., "BWV" = "Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis no. " (Bach), "K." = "Köchel no." (Mozart), "D." = "Deutsch no." (Schubert), "R" = Ryom no. (Vivaldi)], key, opus number, type of genre, instrumentation (and names for that genre or instrumentation/voicing in appropriate foreign languages).

  • Edition = Ausgabe (Ger.)
  • Piano (Eng., Fr., Sp.) = Klavier (Ger.) = pianoforte (It.)
  • Piano edition (reduction)/piano-vocal score = Klavierauszug (Ger.)
  • Symphony (Eng. = symphonie (Fr., Ger.) = sinfonia (It.) = Sinfonía (Sp.)
  • High voice = Hohe Stimme = voix elevée OR voix aiguë
  • Medium voice = Mittlere Stimme (Ger.) = voix moyenne (Fr.)
  • Low voice = Tiefere Stimme (Ger.) = voix grave (Fr.)
  • Choir (Eng.) = chœur (Fr.) = coro (It.) = Chor (Ger.) - coro (Sp.)

If you are singing an aria from an opera, cantata, or oratorio, make sure you know (or find out!) the name of the larger work from which the aria is excerpted
If you are singing a musical theatre song, it is helpful to know from which musical the song comes!  Some arias and songs will be available ONLY in a complete score of the larger work!

Always know the names of the composers of the pieces you are working on/seeking!

**To find a score of "Deh vieni non tardar" by Mozart try performing the following keyword searches and compare the results:

"deh vieni non tardar" mozart - in "All keywords" [and select format "Scores"]
"nozze di Figaro" - in "Title keywords" [and select format "Scores"]

Note: Use quotes around exact phrases when searching the Library catalog!

**To find a recording of "Se tu m'ami" :

"se tu mami" [and select format:  "Sound recordings"]

**To find a video of Lauritz Melchior singing excerpts from Wagner's Die Walküre, type:

 melchior walkure [and select format:  "Videos/DVDs"]


OhioLINK - use this resource to locate materials NOT OWNED by Maag Library!

  • is a union catalog - it describes holdings of many libraries
  • can be accessed from the Library homepage under "QuickLinks" by clicking the blue button when searching MaagNET
  • "Advanced search" (the option right below the default search box) allows you to limit by type of material, date, language

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