Searching for Media

You can use the tools described in the "Browse" section to limit your search to specific topics. There are also some additional powerful search features at your fingertips. Use "Search Within" to continue to narrow your search, with another search. The Advanced Search tools will allow you to search by all different kinds of criteria.

Enter in a Search Term

You can be as vague or as specific as you want when searching. Search like you would in Google. There are modifiers you can use to be very specific. For example, if you type piano -(ballad) you will exclude ballads from your search. To see all of the different possibilities, click More Searches under the search button, and choose Search Help from the list.

Refine your Search

A checkbox labled Search Within will appear under your search text after you have run a search. You can check this box and search again, which will then narrow your results even more. For example, if you searched for "Piano", you can now search for "Left Hand" and that will further limit results.

Then View your Results

Anything you find when searching when searching can be limited by the categories on the left, much like when browsing. Check off as many of the boxes as are appropriate to filter your results. Some assets will have a download button, others will only be available for "streaming" for copyright protection, but they can still be added to your digital course on IBC. View the Sharing section to learn more, or the Collections section to see how to group and save these items for later use.

Advanced Search - Find Even More

Perhaps you are looking some very specific sheet music, and you'd like to include style, instrument, and a topic. The Advanced Search can be found under More Searches just below the Search button. Choose that to get started.

Advanced Search - Choose Categories

Here you will want to be specific as possible. There is a long list of options in the column on the left. You can choose from things such as Author, the Course it's associated with, what text is in the document, what instrument it's for etc. Quite a few options. Check off the appropriate boxes. When you do, you will be presented with a list of dropdown menus or text boxes.

If there are dropdowns, it means there are specific categories available within what you chose. For example, if you chose "Musical Genre", then you'll get a list of all available musical genres to choose from. The same would go for instruments, or specific musical Topics. Topics include things like "Blues Scale", "Diminished 7" or "2-part vocal harmony."

Advanced Search - Saving the Search

If this is a group of assets that will be changing over time, and you'll want to look for them again, you can Save your Search. Save As is an optional field that will appear. You can give your search a name, and when you click search, it will be remembered by the system for later

Finding a Saved Search

If you click More Searches again, now you will see that there is a new menu option called Saved Searches in here you will find your saved searches, as well as the ability to edit any that you have created over time.