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Music Research - Getting Started

T​​​he USM Libraries have a ton of helpful people and resources to make sure you're on the right track with your research! A few tips for getting started on your project:

  • Talk with your professor if you have any questions about the assignment.
  • Give yourself as much time as possible to find and request resources, write your assignment, and revise it.
  • Make a research appointment with a librarian, or email Carrie directly ( to set up a meeting.
  • Activate your USM Library Account.
  • Use URSUS and MaineCat to request items from public and academic libraries around the state.
  • Sign up for an ILLiad account to request scores, articles, books, and more from libraries all over the world - all for free! 
    • ***You should never have to pay for access to library resources; if you hit a paywall or aren't sure how to get access to something, please contact us and we'll help.
  • Work with a USM Writing Assistant at any point during the writing process.
  • Use the resources in this LibGuide to find books, ebooks, scholarly articles, scores, and more!

Find Books, eBooks, and Scores

Find Articles

Find Scores

Browse Scores and CD's on the second floor of the USM Gorham Library.

Search for Scores and CD's in the library or through interlibrary loan the same way you would search for a book: 

In URSUS click Advanced Search

  • Select to a specific Material Type, such as, Scores or Sound/Music

Go to MaineCAT to broaden your search if you can't find the item through URSUS. 
Go to WorldCat to broaden your search even further if you can't find the item through MaineCAT.

  • Click on Advanced Search.
  • Next to "Limit type to" select "Musical Scores" or "Sound Recordings."

Additional score resources:

Find Audio

More Music Resources