If you're looking for a specific work and want to find it quickly in Catalog (VuFind Catalog), select Keyword from the pull-down menu and type some words from the title; you can also type the composer's name. This is sometimes a faster way than browsing through a long list of a composer's works. If you're looking for song collections, type the composer's name and the word "songs."
If you know the name of the composer of the work you're seeking, go to the Libraries Home Page (https://www.ulib.niu.edu), and click on "Catalog Home."
On the next screen, click on "Classic Search."
Select Prolific Author/Composer from the Search by menu and type the composer's name. Type the last name first. You can fill in as little of the first name as you like; just the first letter is sufficient. Click on Search.
The online catalog will show you an alphabetical list of the composer's works; you can click on next to move forward through the list, and previous to move backward. If the title is not a link, it means that piece may be listed under a different name in the catalog (perhaps in the original language, etc.). If you click "See Also", it will take you to the official name of that piece in the catalog.
NIU uses the Library of Congress classification system for its call numbers. Here's a brief outline of how vocal music is arranged in this system:
M1497-2199: Vocal music
M1497-1998 Secular vocal music
M1500 Opera full scores
M1503 Opera vocal scores (accompaniment arranged for piano)
M1530-1546 Secular choruses with ensemble accompaniment
M1547-1600 Secular choruses with piano or unaccompanied
M1611-1624 Secular songs for one voice
M1619 Song collections (two or more composers)
M1620 Song collections (one composer)
M1990-1998 Secular music for children
M1999-2199 Sacred vocal music
M2020-2036 Sacred choruses and cantatas (with ensemble accompaniment)
M2060-2101 Sacred choruses with piano or unaccompanied
M2101-2114 Sacred songs for one voice
If the work you are looking for is part of a longer work (such as a song from a song cycle or an aria from an opera), try searching for the title of that longer work. Also, keep in mind that if the work was originally written in a foreign language, the title will probably be entered in the catalog in the original language.
If you don't have a specific composer in mind, try searching for Subject terms. NIU uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings system for its catalogs. Here are some possible headings to try:
Hints: A piece of music is always listed under the most specific heading possible.
Arias and other excerpts from operas are listed under OPERAS--EXCERPTS.