Music Cataloguing Resources


This page contains general resources, tools and links that are useful for cataloguing music materials at York University Libraries.


Online Reference Sources

All Music Guide: excellent source for information about popular music.

Canadian Music Centre: information about Canadian art music composers

Oxford Music Online:which includes Grove Music Online, the complete texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music (second edition), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion to Music. (restricted to York University users)

Rob’s page of music resources. Links to music dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. in the York collection and on the Web.

Wikipedia is a great source for information about popular music and some world musics.

Print Resources*

Cataloger’s Judgment by Jay Weitz ( OLAC Review)

Describing Music Materials by Richard Smiraglia

Music Classification Systems by Mark McKnight

Music coding and tagging : MARC content designation for scores and sound recordings by Jay Weitz ( OLAC Review)

Notes for Music Catalogers by Ralph Hartsock ( OLAC Review)

Shelflisting music : guidelines for use with the Library of Congress classification, M by Richard Smiraglia

Uniform Titles for Music by Mickey Koth.

*Print resources located in Stacy’s office

Technical Services Webpages & Other Web Resources

Music Cataloging Bulletin: a monthly publication produced by the Music Library Association. It contains lists of new and updated LC headings and LC class numbers and operational decisions. (restricted to York University users)

Music Cataloguing at Yale: webpages maintained by Mickey Koth.


It contains extensive information about all things music cataloguing related.

Music/Audiovisual pages at Penn State

Music Cataloging web guide from George Mason University. While not specifically for cataloguers, it gives a nice overview of some of the major issues like Class M and Uniform Titles.

University of Virginia , Music Cataloging Manual


University of Illinois , Music Cataloging Resources


Indiana State University , Bloomington : Music Cataloging Manual Duke University, Music Cataloging Manual


Music tools at the Cataloguer’s Toolbox from Memorial

MOUG (Music OCLC Users Group) and their Cataloguing Tools page.

OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers)

Online Tools

LibX is a Firefox browser extension that allows you to search the York catalogue

Firefox search engines put a search box right in your browser toolbar. Useful search engines include Wikipedia, All Music Album Search, and All Music Artist Search,, YUL Title browse search and Library of Congress searches, including authorities and titles.

For Fun

Questions or comments to: Stacy Allison-Cassin

Last updated on July 30, 2008

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