Venn Diagrams for Music and Research

August 4 is the 180th anniversary of the birth of John Venn, famous for inventing the Venn diagram, a tool for visualizing set theory. It might sound boring until you realize the fun you can have with it, such as this Venn diagram of Beach Boys song topics.

Venn diagrams are also a useful way to visualize your research, whether you're using our catalog to find materials in our collection or our electronic resources. As you use features such as "contains" vs. "does not contain" or limit by type of material, you could also visualize your searches with Venn diagrams. Here's an example show a book about gender and country music.