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Art History

Art History Library Research Guide

Finding Books

You can use the Pius Library Catalog (link) to search the library’s collection, find call numbers and locations, search other libraries around the state and place requests to borrow (and have sent here) those books. You can also check your library account online, which includes renewing books and checking due dates. Additionally, the library catalog will allow you to see if the library subscribes to specific journal titles and whether that subscription is for a print copy, an online copy, or both. Please note that for print copies, the most recent journals are located on the Lower Level and older journals (usually more than 12 months) are located in our storage facility.

The Library Catalog is usually the best place to find books in Pius Library and ebooks online.  I recommend starting your search with keywords and using the Subjects listing towards the bottom of the individual book record to find similar titles.  For example, if you were looking for books on engravings by Albrecht Durer, you could try using the terms: Albrecht Durer and engravings (using the word 'and' in between your search terms will help manipulate your search results, so I highly recommend it).  Or better yet, you could use the terms: Albrecht Durer and prints, since prints is a broader category and will include engravings.  And, if you use the Subjects listing towards the bottom of the book records, you can quickly discover all books in the library on the subject of Durer using the link, Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528.

Last, a quick note on searching for books on architecture or art that is specific to a site (like stained glass).  Always use the location in your search, city or town.  For example, if you wanted books on the cathedral in Reims, France, you would want to use search terms like Reims and Notre-Dame.  If you just used the terms, Notre-Dame and architecture, you would come up with hundreds and hundreds of results since there are many churches with that name.  Most buildings get classified by their location before their name.