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Research in Art History: Home

This guide provides resources for research in Art History, such as finding articles, images, and citing sources.

Essential Art Databases

Finding Physical Books in the Library

You'll want to browse for art books both in the regular stacks and in the oversized books, which are on the first floor near the front of the book stacks. Many of the best images can be found in oversized books. Here is a browsing guide:

N5300-7418 History of art

  • N5300 General texts on Western Art
  • N5600-5700 Greek & Roman art
  • N5900 Medieval art
  • N6300 Renaissance art
  • N6400 Modern & contemporary art
  • N6500 Latin American & American art. Look for specific artists by last name beginning in N6537.
  • N7200 Asian art
  • N7300 African art
  • N7400 Art criticism & theory

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC Drawing, design & illustration

  • NC997-1003 Commercial art, advertising art & graphic design
  • NC1800-1850 Posters

ND Painting

NE Printmaking and engraving

  • NE1310-1326.5 Japanese prints

NK Decorative arts, applied arts, decoration and ornament (including antiques in general)

  • NK1135-1149 Arts and crafts movement
  • NK3700-4695 Ceramics, pottery, porcelain
  • NK4700-4890 Costume and its accessories
  • NK4997-6060 Enamel, glass, glyptic arts (gems, jade, ivory, bone)
  • NK6400-8459 Metalwork (including armor, jewelry, plate, brasses, pewter)
  • NK8800-9505 Textile arts and art needlework
  • NK9600-9955 Woodwork (including carvings, fretwork, inlaying)

NX Arts in general, including works dealing with two or more of the fine arts media, i.e., literature, performing arts, and the visual arts

T351-385 Technical drawing, drafting and graphics, including computer programs

TR Photography

TT Industrial arts

  • TT180-200 Woodworking, Furniture Making, Upholstering
  • TT300-382.8 Painting, Industrial Painting, Wood Finishing
  • TT387-410 Soft Home Furnishings
  • TT490-695 Clothing Manufacture, Dressmaking, Tailoring
  • TT697-927 Home Arts, Home Crafts (including sewing, embroidery, decorative crafts)

Finding Images

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Suggested Reading

Special collections

Don't forget our Special Collections!
You may not be able to take all of these materials out of the library, but you can usually photograph, copy or scan them.
The Browne Popular Culture Library, on the 4th floor, has a wealth of visual materials, including graphic novels, zines, comic books, posters, postcards, magazines, and more.
The Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives, on the 3rd floor, has album art, posters, and zines as well as music.
The Curriculum Resource Center, on the 2nd floor, has puppets, games, picture files, illustrated children's books, pop-up books, K-12 teaching aids, and the Ellison Machine, which will punch out an amazing variety of shapes from paper or cloth.