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Searching for Sound Recording Copy

Searching for Copy for Sound Recordings

Search for copy via Smarport

Destination tips:

  • LC for western art music, jazz, folk music and some popular and world music.
  • NYU for western art music, folk music and some popular and world music. NYU is especially good for avant-garde and jazz music.
  • OHIOLINK is good for popular and world music and some western art music.
  • AMICUS and AG-Canada for Canadian recordings
  • OCLC if copy is not found via one of the above destinations

Search Strategy Suggestions 

  • LC: search via NUMBER-ID and use the album number located on the disc. The syntax must be exactly as it appears on the disc, including all spaces and hyphens.
  • NYU and OHIOLINK: search via AUTHOR and TITLE, use multiple authors for performers and composers.
  •  OCLC: search via NUMBER-ID and use the album number located on the disc, do not include any spaces.

  • If no copy is found search LC or OCLC via AUTHOR(S) and TITLE as there may a record for another release or another format (LP for example) and this record can be modified to match the item. Do not utilize too general a search. i.e. "Beethoven" and "Symphony No. 8" will result in far too many hits to be useful.

Matching copy to the item "in hand"

  • Check the 028 to ensure a match
  • Check the publisher and date of publication
  • Check the performers and contents

Choosing Copy

  • Look for the most complete record. Especially content notes (505), performer notes (511), recording information (518), added entries for performers and analytical entries for composers if applicable.
  • Avoid minimal level records from LC and AMICUS. It is likely that better copy can be found.