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Visual Arts & Photography: Books 

When doing your research, sometimes books are exactly what you need.
  • Books provide you with comprehensive information about your topic, providing you with an overview, background, and major theories in depth.
  • Finding books by different authors will often allow you to have many different points of view about the same subject.

    Search for books here at Millikin's library in the online catalog.

    Books on Fine Arts and Photography:

    • Browse the following areas of the library's stacks (third floor) in the following call number ranges:
      N    Visual Arts in General
      NA    Architecture
      NB    Sculpture
      NC    Drawing; Design
      ND    Painting
      NE    Print Media
      NK    Decorative Arts
      NX    Arts in General
      TR    Photography
      TT    Handicrafts; Arts & Crafts

      Browse by subject in the online catalog:

      Sometimes one of the best ways to find books on your topic is to do some subject browsing in the Online catalog.

      There are two ways to do this easily:

      Number 1
    • Do a regular search (either Quick or Advanced) for your topic and find a book that is good for your research.
    • In the result list from the search, click on the title of the book so that you can the full record of information about it.
    • After the publication information, there is a section called "Subject LCSH".
    • This list of the subjects describes the content of the book. If one of these subject headings looks useful for your topic, click on it.
    • That will bring you to an alphabetical listing of the subject headings for the online catalog. This listing shows you how many books the library owns which fall into each category.
    • Find the category you want and click on it. This brings up the list off books categorized for that subject.

      Number 2
    • In either the Advanced or Quick search, type in the term for your search.
    • Set the Search By box to Subject or Subject Words.
    • Click search, this brings up the alphabetical listing of the subject headings for the online catalog.
    • This listing shows you how many books the library owns which fall into each category.
    • Find the category you want and click on it. This brings up the list off books categorized for that subject.

      Possible Subject Headings to use as search terms:

      Broad Terms with many subcategories:
      do a search for the artists name: last name, first.
      architecture
      art appreciation
      art history
      ceramics
      drawing
      jewelry
      painting
      photography
      pottery
      prints
      sculpture

      More Specific Subjects Headings to search:
      architectural design
      art- study and teaching
      color in design
      drawing- 20th century
      jewelry making
      painting - name of country
      painting- American- exhibitions
      paper, handmade
      phography - artistic
      photography - handbooks manuals
      sculpture - name of country
      sculpture - modern
      sculpture - technique
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