Subject Guides

Art

Databases

Art Full Text
This database offers indexing for 500+ journals (from 1984-) and full text to nearly 200 journals, plus abstracts (starting in 1994), of an international array of peer-selected publications—including expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.  In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.  Areas covered include Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video. 

Academic Search Premier
An interdisciplinary database that provides full text articles.  ASP includes and indexes 122 art journals with full text available for many of these art journals.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences III Collection
The Arts & Sciences III Collection includes journals in language and literature, as well as important titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art.  JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated.

Masterfile Premier
Access to information on a broad range of topics including general interest, business, health, and multicultural.  Designed specifically for public libraries, it provides indexing/abstracting for over 2,600 journals/magazines, with full text for 1,749.  The database also includes over 96,600 full-text biographies, approximately 130,250 full-text primary source documents, and 495 full-text reference books.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
Access the content of more than 100 Oxford reference books online with a single search.  Includes the Oxford art and architecture dictionaries and a timeline.

Web resources

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) will be available free of charge on the Getty Web site.  BHA on the Getty Web site offers both basic and advanced search modules, and can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title, and other elements.  Note that the database search includes both BHA (covering 1990-2007) and the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), covering the years 2008 and part of 2009. The Répertoire de la litterature de l’art (RILA), one of the predecessors of BHA, with records that cover 1975-1989, will be online by May 1, 2010.

Art History Resources on the Web
A very comprehensive gateway to art history resources on the Internet. Well organized and easy to navigate.   

Timeline of Art History
An excellent site from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Superb text supported by images of pieces in the museum's collection.

Web Gallery of Art
This site provides easily available digital reproductions of 8500 paintings and sculptures from 1150-1800. Also included are 13 "Tours" on topics such as basic introductions to Italian painters to specialized topics like the Sistine Chapel. A companion website gives information on more recent Hungarian artists to the mid 20th century. Easy to search and navigate.

Web Museum Network
Includes a compendium of artists' biographies with numerous examples of their work

World Wide Art Resources
Includes more than 3,000 categorized art resources

Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog that apply to your area of study. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the “Subject” tab in Foxtrax. For more information on “power searching” by subject, ask your reference librarian.

Art

Ceramics

Graphic Arts

Photography

Painting

Sculpture

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

CLASS N - FINE ARTS  
Subclass N  
N1-(9211) Visual arts
N1-58 General
N61-72 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N81-390 Study and teaching. Research
N400-3990 Art museums, galleries, etc.
N4390-5098 Exhibitions
N5198-5299 Private collections and collectors
N5300-7418 History
N7420-7525.8 General works
N7560-8266 Special subjects of art
N8350-8356 Art as a profession. Artists
N8510-8553 Art studios, materials, etc.
N8554-8585 Examination and conservation of works of art
N8600-8675 Economics of art
N8700-9165 Art and the state. Public art
Subclass NA  
NA1-9428 Architecture
NA1-60 General
NA100-130 Architecture and the state
NA190-1555.5 History
NA1995 Architecture as a profession
NA2000-2320 Study and teaching. Research
NA2335-2360 Competitions
NA2400-2460 Museums. Exhibitions
NA2500-2599 General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 Architectural criticism
NA2695-2793 Architectural drawing and design
NA2835-4050 Details and decoration
NA4100-8480 Special classes of buildings
NA4100-4145 Classed by material
NA4150-4160 Classed by form
NA4170-8480 Classed by use
NA4170-(7020) Public buildings
NA4590-5621 Religious architecture
NA7100-7884 Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
NA7910-8125 Clubhouses, guild houses, etc.
NA8200-8260 Farm architecture
NA8300-8480 Outbuildings, gates, fences, etc.
NA9000-9428 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
Subclass NB  
NB1-1952 Sculpture
NB1-50 General
NB60-1115 History Including collective biography
NB1120-1133 Study and teaching
NB1134-1134.4 Competitions
NB1135-1150 General works
NB1160-1195 Designs and technique
NB1199-1200 Restoration of sculptures
NB1203-1270 Special materials
NB1272-1291 Mobiles, color, sculpture gardens, etc.
NB1293-1895 Special forms
NB1293-1310 Portrait sculpture
NB1312-1313 Equestrian statues
NB1330-1685 Sculptural monuments
NB1750-1793 Religious monuments and shrines
NB1800-1880 Sepulchral monuments
NB1910-1952 Special subjects
Subclass NC  
NC1-1940 Drawing. Design. Illustration
NC1-45 General
   
NC50-266 History of drawing
NC390-670 Study and teaching
NC673-677 Competitions
NC703-725 General works
NC730-758 Technique
NC760-825 Special subjects
NC845-915 Graphic art materials
NC930 Conservation and restoration of drawings
NC950-(996) Illustration
NC997-1003 Commercial art. Advertising art
NC1280-1284 Printed ephemera. Imagerie populaire
NC1300-1766 Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.
NC1800-1850 Posters
NC1860-1896 Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.
NC1920-1940 Copying, enlarging, and reduction of drawings
Subclass ND  
ND25-3416 Painting
ND25-(48) General
ND49-813 History
ND1115-1120 Study and teaching
ND1130-1156 General works
ND1288-1460 Special subjects
ND1290-1293 Human figure
ND1300-1337 Portraits
ND1340-1367 Landscape painting
ND1370-1375 Marine painting
ND1380-1383 Animals. Birds
ND1385-1388 Sports. Hunting, fishing, etc.
ND1390-1393 Still life
ND1400-1403 Flowers. Fruit. Trees
ND1410-1460 Other subjects
ND1470-1625 Technique and materials
ND1630-1662 Examination and conservation of paintings
ND1700-2495 Watercolor painting
ND2550-2733 Mural painting
ND2889-3416 Illuminating of manuscripts and books
Subclass NE  
NE1-3002 Print media
NE1-978 Printmaking and engraving
NE1-90 General
NE 218-(330) Engraved portraits. Self-portraits
NE380 Conservation and restoration of prints
NE390-395 Collected works
NE400-773 History of printmaking
NE830-898 General works
NE951-962 Special subjects
NE965-965.3 Tradesmen's cards
NE970-973 Study and teaching
NE975-975.4 Competitions
NE977-978 Equipment
NE1000-1352 Wood engraving
NE1000-1027 General
NE1030-1196.3 History
NE1220-1233 General works
NE1310-1326.5 Japanese prints
NE1330-1336 Linoleum block prints
NE1340 Fish prints
NE1344-1345 Potato prints
NE1350-1352 Other materials used in relief printing
NE1400-1879 Metal engraving
NE1400-1422 General
NE1620-1630 General works
NE1634-1749 History
NE1750-1775 Copper engraving
NE1850-1879 Color prints
NE1940-2232.5 Etching and aquatint
NE1940-1975 General
NE1980-2055.5 History
NE2120-2140 General works
NE2141-2149 Special subjects
NE2220-2225 Dry point
NE2236-2240.6 Serigraphy
NE2242-2246 Monotype (Printmaking)
NE2250-2570 Lithography
NE2685-2685.8 Lumiprints
NE2690 Engraving on glass
NE2800-2880 Printing of engravings
NE3000-3002 Copying art. Copying machine art
Subclass NX  
NX1-820 Arts in general
NX1-260 General
NX280-410 Study and teaching. Research
NX411-415 Competitions
NX420-430 Exhibitions
NX440-632 History of the arts
NX650-694 Special subjects, characters, persons, religious arts, etc.
NX700-750 Patronage of the arts
NX760-770 Administration of the arts
NX775-777 Voluntarism in the arts
NX798-820 Arts centers and facilities
CLASS T - TECHNOLOGY  
Subclass TR  
TR1-1050 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 Including artistic, commercial, medical photography, photocopying processes
TR845-899 Cinematography. Motion pictures
TR925-1050 Photomechanical processes

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