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Art, Art History & Museum Studies: Searching for Books

A guide for resources in art, art history, and museum studies

Book Searching

Why Books?

  • In-depth coverage and broader context than journal articles
  • Use the table of contents and the index (in the back of the book) to locate your topic
  • Search GEORGE, the library catalog, to find books by keyword, subject, title, or author
    • Search by KEYWORD in GEORGE, then click on "Find Similar Items" in entries for relevant books.  You'll see a list of subject headings; click on the links to find more on your topic

Where Art Books are Located

  • Most art books are shelved in the N call numbers. (fourth floor)
    • N call numbers arrange books by art medium
      • N - Visual Arts
      • NA - Architecture
      • NB - Sculpture
      • NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration
      • ND - Painting
      • NE - Print Media
      • NK - Decorative Arts
      • NX - Arts General
    • Books on an artist who works in different media will be scattered throughout the N's.
  • Large-sized books are labeled Quarto and Folio in GEORGE.  These are shelved on the second floor and can be borrowed.
  • Photography books are usually in the TR call numbers (fifth floor)
  • Museum studies books are located on the first floor, in the AM section.


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