OneSearch is the Ball State Libraries' integrated discovery tool for books, articles, recordings, scores, and other library material. It also indexes selected trustworthy online resources and incorporates subscription databases such as Academic Search Premier. On the Libraries' home page, you will see a simple search box:
After searching for your topic, you may find more resources than you need. You can narrow down your results by using the facets listed to the left of the search results. For materials owned by the Ball State Libraries, check "Library Catalog." (Note: the Libraries' holdings include online and physical items):
Content Type refers to specific formats:
The results list will indicate the call number and location, with additional information when you click "Preview." Links (in red) to additional subjects will lead you to more on the topic, while keeping your search limiters for you.
Interlibrary Loan is a reciprocal arrangement that Ball State Libraries' have with many other libraries. At your request, Interlibrary Loan staff will find a library that will send the requested item (Book, Score, CD, DVD, Articles, etc.)
WorldCat is a collective catalog of library holdings in the U.S. and some libraries in other parts of the world. After looking up the book you need, you can click to request via Interlibrary Loan, and WorldCat fills out the form for you!
Start at the Libraries' Home Page (http://www.bsu.edu/library), and scroll to "Quick Links" then select WorldCat. (You will have to log on with your Ball State username and password if you are off campus) You can specify books, language, date range and audience (not juvenile). Titles owned by Ball State will be marked with an icon.
Bracken Library uses the Library of Congress system for numbering books on the shelves, and the Library of Congress subject headings for subject searching.
Subject Headings for Music Education:
[instrument] -- Instruction and Study
[instrument] -- Methods
Ball State Libraries' use the Library of Congress classification system, which brings books on similar subjects together on the shelves. The top line includes one or two letters. The second line contains one to four numbers. These are shelved as whole numbers. The third line organizes books by author (or sometimes title), with one letter and one to five numbers. Books with the same top two lines are put in order as decimal numbers by this third line. The following call number series is in correct shelf order: