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Research guide for art

Getting Started with Research

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Credo Reference helps you start your art research with reference resources in art history, biographies of artists, and vast image collections from the Bridgeman Archives.

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Art Section

Most of the print books on art are located in the N's on the 4th Floor of the library.

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

However, some books of interest -- for example, photography -- will be located in the T's on the 3rd Floor.

  • TR -- Photography
    • TR250-265 -- Cameras
    • TR287-500 -- Photographic processing. Darkroom technique
    • TR504-508 -- Transparencies. Diapositives
    • TR510-545 -- Color photography
    • TR550-581 -- Studio and laboratory
    • TR590-620 -- Lighting
    • TR624-835 -- Applied photography
    • TR845-899 -- Cinematography. Motion pictures
    • TR925-1050 -- Photomechanical processes

If you're looking for books we don't have, please submit a request for them via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) well in advance of your assignment. Via ILL, we will get the book from another library for you but it may take some time to be delivered.


If you are looking for ebooks, you can either search the Steen Library Catalog or use one of the following ebook databases.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Student Engagement Librarian

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Jonathan Helmke
Subjects: Art, Music