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Art History: Find a Book

Browsing the Stacks

Books are useful for providing comprehensive coverage, broad overviews, and general introductions to a topic of inquiry. The experience of browsing the physical stacks is satisfying. It's a great way to discover something unexpected. CCS follows the Library of Congress classification system for organizing and arranging books. As follows are areas of interest for Art History and Visual Culture.

N     Visual Arts, General - Includes: Theory, Museums, Special Subjects, Public Art

NA   Architecture

NB  Sculpture

NC  Illustration, Design, Drawing

ND  Painting

NE  Printmaking

NK  Decorative Arts

NX  Arts in General

PN  Performing Arts, Motion Pictures, Film

TL  Transportation

TR  Photography

TT  Handicrafts

The Variety of Printed Material on Art

Monograph - a specialized work of writing (in contrast to reference works) on a single subject or an aspect of a subject, often by a single author, and usually on a scholarly subject.

Catalogue Raisonné - a comprehensive, annotated listing of all the known works of an artist either in a particular medium or all media. 

Exhibition Catalog - a printed book produced to accompany a temporary exhibition or installation at a gallery or alternative space. It documents the contents of an exhibition, providing a forum for critical dialog between curators, artists, and critics.

Anthology - a collection of writings in similar form from a similar time, or about a similar subject manner, but by various authors.

Reference - a book containing useful facts or specially organized information, such as an encyclopedia or dictionary. It is often a good starting point for conducting research.

Textbook - or "survey" text, offers basic, accepted facts, research, theories, or knowledge about a particular subject that is typically used by or required knowledge for people studying that subject.

Artist's Book - a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout, and design that makes it an art object. 

Narrow the Search

The easiest way to search for a book is to go straight to the online Library catalog. Accessible from any computer, the catalog can be searched by title, artist, author, or subject. Using a key word, or "keyword search," also brings results. However, results depend on spelling your search words correctly. Don't hesitate to contact the Library staff or see the video on searching the catalog (HERE) for more assistance.

To search the catalog, click HERE.

 

eBooks

 

The Library provides access to many eBook titles that can be read right from your computer. Conduct a search specifically for eBooks in the following databases:

EBSCO Academic eBooks
Art & Architecture ePortal
‚ÄčLuminos OA

The Library also purchases individual eBooks for specific classes and by request. These eBooks can be found HERE in the Library's catalog, and directions for accessing them can be found HERE.

College for Creative Studies website