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Mat-Su College: Music

Guide for Music courses at Mat-Su College

Why bother with books?

Books are a good source of information for your paper. Even though they are long, you don't always need to read them cover to cover. Use the table of contents and index to direct you to the sections you need. To get a quick overview of your composer, consult a reference source such as an encyclopedia.

The library has many books on musical composers. Here are just a few from the last couple of years that our library owns:

  • The lives of the great composers
  • George Frideric Handel : a life with friends​
  • Beethoven : anguish and triumph : a biography​

We search for library books using the library catalog. The library catalog is a list of all the items the library owns.

Using the library catalog to find physical items

Start by getting to the Mat-Su College Library webpage. You can do this by clicking the "Library" link at the top of any Mat-Su College page:

Library link at top of Mat-Su College homepage

Next, enter your search terms in the "Just Mat-Su" search box:

Screenshot of the Mat-Su College Library with the Just Mat-Su search box highlighted

Press enter. In the search results page you will see books, CDs, movies, and the like:

Screenshot of library catalog search results page, showing books

To find a physical item, locate it using its call number (listed underneath the Call # heading). If you're not familiar with how call numbers are used to arrange items in the library, ask a librarian to help you find the item you want!

You can limit your search results to a certain type of item -- say, movies or video games or CDs -- just by clicking the appropriate checkboxes (e.g., "DVD") and then clicking "Include":

Finding items at other libraries

After you enter the library catalog, you can switch from searching just Mat-Su College's library to searching most Alaska libraries. Do this by using the drop-down menu next to the search bar:

Now do another searching using your original (or new) search terms. You will see that you now get search results from other libraries. To have these items sent to Mat-Su College (a quick and free service) simply click the "Place Hold" icon:

Screenshot showing Hold button in catalog interface

You will be asked for a card number and PIN. Your card number is student ID number, while your PIN is likely to be the last four digits of your student ID number. After logging in, you will have the choice of selecting which library to have the item delivered to. Make sure to choose Mat-Su College or whatever library you prefer:

Screenshot showing "Pickup library" menu in place hold dialog

Finding eBooks

Many of the library's newest books are ebooks. You can access tens of thousands of ebooks by using the Ebook Central database.

Click here to enter Ebook Central.

Within Ebook Central, enter your search terms and click "Search."

In the search results click the title of any book you wish to read:

Image showing an individual ebook in the Ebook Central list of search results

When looking at the details of the book you wish to read, you can open up the text of the book by clicking the "Read online" link:

Screenshot showing the record page for an individual ebook, with the "Read online" button highlighted

While viewing the ebook you use the magnifying glass to zoom in or out and use the back and forward arrows to move between pages:

Screenshot showing controls for navigating around an online book in Ebook Central