One of the interesting ways to find books about a new field is to go to the library and browse the stacks! All you need to know is the general area in which to look.
Books about the psychology of music are generally located in and around the call number ML3830. You can also use PITTCat+ to search by call number.
If you can't find this area when you make your trip to the Music Library, any one of the friendly staff will be happy to assist you!
PITTCat+ is the gateway searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library system (ULS), including articles, books, e-books, journals, e-journals, e-audio and e-video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.
Enter your search terms and click on the Search Library button. PITTCat+ will offer correct spellings, and search for variations of our search terms.
The Result List will include articles, books, e-materials, and images. Click on the title of an item for more detailed information about the item, such as an abstract or the shelf location for a book. If full-text content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the full-text icon to the left of the item.
You can Refine Your Results by using the options on the left. Narrow your results to items in the catalog, a specific campus, format, publication date, limiting to scholarly information, and more.
If Full-Text Content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the full-text icon to the left of the item.
The search terms you use determine the results your search will yield. Engaging in an exercise like the one described below should help you choose an effective set of search terms for your search:
1. Express your topic in a topic sentence: “What effect does music listening have on emotion in children?”
2. Generate keyword search terms by identifying the main ideas or concepts within that topic sentence: “What effect does music have on emotion?” = Effect; Music, Listening, Emotion, or Music Listening; and Children
3. Expand your search terms by brainstorming related terms or synonyms that describe your main ideas:
You can create complex search strategies by combining keywords using the linking words AND, OR and NOT.
These terms are called Boolean operators. For example, if your search terms are music and emotion: