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Art: Art - Getting Started

Welcome to the Art Guide! 

Start here for quick access to the Bearcat Catalog Search, as well as tips for finding books, and best bet databases for research on the Arts. Browse the other tabs for additional information on Library resources.

Search the Catalog



Tips for Searching the Catalog

Finding Books

Books in our collection are organized by their subject, and books classified under the subject area of Fine Arts will have a call number that begins with N:

  • N- Visual Arts
  • NA- Architecture
  • NB- Sculpture
  • NC- Drawing, Design, Illustrations
  • ND- Painting
  • NE- Print Media
  • NK- Decorative Arts
  • NX- Arts in General

You may find art related books in other areas of the library. For example:

  • TR- Photography.
  • TT- Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts, Metalworking, Sewing, Hairdressing, and more.
  • QC 495s- Color Theory.
  • GT- Fashion, Costume, Dwellings, Churches, Personal Beauty.
  • PN 6700s- Graphic novels, Comic books, Strips.
    • Comics may also be classified in NC 1300-1800 with drawing/illustration. 

Don't be afraid to explore! For help finding books or their location, please ask a staff member for assistance.

Suggested Databases

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