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Art 55: Books

Browse Art Books

Want to browse our art and photography collection? Take a look at the following call numbers in either the Reference or General Collection.

N - Visual Arts (General)

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design and Illustration

ND - Painting

NK - Decorative and Applied Arts, including Arts & Crafts, Interior Design, Ceramics, Costume, Metalwork, Textiles, and Woodworking

NX - Arts in general

TR - Photography

Finding books

Start with Keywords

All research begins with the language that you use to think about your topic. This language provides keywords, or the natural language you use to describe your research topic. Start your search by developing a simple concept map of your topic using keywords to begin your search for books, DVDs, and other material in the EVC Library catalog. Remember, you can search the Library catalog from home 24/7!

Here is a sample keyword concept map to begin research on Italian Renaissance portraits:

Concept of place or time Concept of material/technique Concept of subject
16th century portraits nobility
Renaissance oil painting peasants
Italian   patronage


Subject Headings


A subject heading is a descriptive phrase librarians assign to an item to describe its contents or subject. Finding the subject heading that leads to the information you need cane be one of the most difficult aspects of doing library research. The keywords you use to describe your topic may not be the same words or in the same order as the subject headings used in the online catalog. If you were looking for book on German painters, you could search for keywords German painting or use the subject heading, “Painting--German”

Although they are complicated, subject headings are really useful. Always start your search by using keywords of concepts as described in the example of Italian Renaissance portraits. From the catalog results list, find an item of interest and click on the full record to see the subject headings assigned to that item. Click on the relevant subject heading to retrieve more items in the same category. Be sure to keep track of particular phrases that narrow or broaden your results.


EVC Reference Books

EVC General Collection Books

The following is a list of books related to Art History that are located in the General Collection. Generally, books from the General Collection may be checked out for 3 weeks. If necessary, ask for assistance in locating the books.