How do you figure out which songbook a song is in?
Our library has indexed the contents of most of our songbooks so that one can do a title or keyword search on a song's title and discover which songbook has that song. It is not 100%, some collections have several hundred songs and in those cases they either aren't cataloged or just the song titles which are featured in the publisher's notes get highlighted.
I often go to the following sites to locate sheet music:
- Hal Leonard http://www.halleonard.com/search/advancedsearch.do?
- Los Angeles Public Library Song Index http://www.lapl.org/resources/indexes/allsong.html
- Santa Cruz Public Library Sheet Music Catalog http://www2.santacruzpl.org/sheetmusic/
- San Jose Public Library Music Collections http://www.sjpl.org/musicindex
- California Library Systems Cooperative Song Index http://www.sjvls.org/songs/
- Piano Spot http://www.pianospot.com/search.html
I occasionally also explore some of the collections listed here:
Some of these collections include pdfs of the score. Happy playing