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AMST 315: Beats, Rhymes, and Life: Find Books & Music

Borrowing from Elsewhere

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Can't find what you're looking for at Wellesley?

Use WorldCat Discovery to search and request directly from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Interlibrary Loan Guide

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Catalog Search Tips

From keywords to subjects

Try a keyword search. Once you find a book that is relevant to your topic, use the subject headings of that book to help you find "more like this". Here are some useful subject headings for this course:


Rap (Music) -- History and criticism

African American youth -- Social conditions


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Combining terms in a search

Use AND to combine terms in your search:  hip hop AND politics

Use OR to expand results:  hispanic OR mexican

Use * to find variant endings, or as a wild card:  wom*  latin*

Use " " to search words as a phrase:  "hip hop"


Searching for music

When searching for music, try a keyword search for performer and title. You can also search by song title alone.


Books on music

Keyword and subject heading searches for books on music:




Book Locations and Maps

Quick Guide to Clapp Library Locations

Call # / Location  
Books & Videos A-DZ
Knapp Multimedia Ctr
Computer Classroom
First Floor

Computing Help Desk
Research Help Desk
Reference Books
Science Collection

Second Floor
Books & Videos E-PM
Third Floor
Books & Videos PN-Z
Special Collections
Book Arts Lab
Fourth Floor


How to find items by call number

Clapp Library Floor Plans

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Music Library Locations

Music Books: main floor
Music Periodicals: main floor
DVDs: main floor
CDs: request at desk
Equipment: request at desk

Music Scores and Parts: lower floor
Sound Lab: lower floor
Photocopier: lower floor