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Art Research Guide

Resources for beginning research in art and art history. Includes guidance for finding books, articles, images, and media in the library and online.

Why Books?

In-depth and introductory material may be found in online and print books on a variety of topics. Books take much longer to write (and read) and are designed for in-depth explanations of entire fields and larger issues. Use Library Search or the box below to find print and electronic books in Rowan's collection.

Library Search

Browsing for Books at Campbell Library

Most circulating art books are shelved on the 4th floor under the following classification headings:

N Visual arts
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design
ND Painting
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts
NX Arts in general

TR Photography
TT Handicrafts. Arts and crafts

For a more detailed breakdown of these categories click here:
Library of Congress Classification Outline

Books designated in the catalog as Oversize are shelved in the Oversized Book rows in the northwest corner of the 4th floor stack area.

Books designated in the catalog as Folio are shelved in the Folio Book Room on the 2nd floor.

Search Tips

Subject headings are descriptions of the content of library materials using precise language. You can click on them in a relevant catalog record or search for them in advanced searches.

Books about an artist may be found by using the artist's name as a subject term. Books of an artist's works may be either under the artist's name as an author or as a subject or both.

Finding Dissertations & Theses Online

Finding Books & Media in Other Libraries

WorldCat FirstSearch

Allows you to search the holdings of over 10,000 libraries throughout the world.

artdiscovery.net: Virtual Catalogue for Art History

An international  specialized meta catalogue allowing the integrated retrieval of bibliographic records for articles in periodicals, conference papers, festschriften, exhibition catalogues and exhibition books, etc., and an increasing percentage of records for archival and photographic materials as well as for online resources. 


Interlibrary Loan