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Art & Art History

Art images and resources for many topics, including American Art, Medieval Art, Modern Art, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Scandinavian Art, and Women Artists

Finding Sources in Art and Art History

There are different ways to search for sources at the library. Start with a General Search to search our catalog.

If you're looking for scholarly journal articles, consider using one of our specialized databases below for better results.


Advanced Search Use this to search our catalog. It includes books held in the library, full-text articles from selected databases, audio CDs, DVDs, streaming videos, and more.

Here are some examples of basic search terms you can use in any search:

To find strong search terms related to your specific topic, try the following:

Can't find full text?

Click the Find It! button by the article to get it elsewhere, or to order it.

Using Journal Databases

For a better, more serious search for journal articles, use these databases. They all have significant Art and Art History components, making them good places to look for articles for your research project.

Browsing the Collection

Sometimes you just want to browse the collection. Books are shelved near related books, so browsing can be a way to search for more sources or to get ideas for a research topic.

Look for Art books on the Lower Level in two different places:

  • The regular Ns towards the back of the building
  • The Oversize section in the fixed shelves in the middle of the floor.

Here's a basic breakdown of the call numbers that are used to organize art books.

N
Visual Arts (General)
NA
Architecture
NB
Sculpture
NC
Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND
Painting
NE
Print media
NK
Decorative arts. Applied arts
NX
Arts in general

The Library of Congress has a more detailed breakdown here.

Finding Streaming Video