Searching: First Steps

  1. Search HOLLIS for the title of the song.
  2. If it's from a musical or opera, look for the score of the complete work, too (e.g.: to find copies of "Ol' Man River," also try searching for Show Boat).
  3. Limit your search to scores to find only printed music.
  4. If you're browsing for song collections, other helpful subject keywords include terms like these (you don't need to include the punctuation):
  • Musicals -- Vocal scores
  • Operas -- Excerpts [or Musicals -- Excerpts]
  • Songs (Medium voice) with piano  [and so on, for different voice ranges]
  • Popular songs
  • Songs, English [or other language]

Song Indexes

Find the listing for a song, then use HOLLIS to search for the titles of the collections in which it's printed. Warning: this database isn't comprehensive, and Harvard does not own all of the anthologies it indexes.

Request an anthology we don't own from another library by using Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan.

Musical Theatre Anthologies