Books About Artists in the Catalog
Use Quick Search and set your search scope to Eastern Catalog or CSCU Library Consortium.
Try a "Keyword" or "Subject" search to find books about a particular artist.
Use ADVANCED SEARCH. For criticisms about an artist's work, use a "Subject" search with the artist's last name, first name and add criticism and interpretation.
Notice the location, call number and availablity. If the item is located at the other CSU libraries, you can "request" it online and we will have it for you in a few days.
See the links below for examples:
Library of Congress Call Numbers - Browsing Our Shelves
Most art materials have call numbers that begin with "N". The N section is divided by medium:
- N - Visual Arts
- NA - Architecture
- NB - Sculpture
- NC - Drawing, Design, Illustrations
- ND - Painting
- NE - Print Media
- NK - Decorative Arts
- NX - Arts in General
Click on any of the subclasses of Visual Arts in the below link for more defined subjects. You can then browse the 3rd Floor to find specific books. Example: Click on Subclass NE for Print Media and find exactly where to look in the stacks for books about Lithography: NE2250-2570 Lithography
More In-depth Research
Launched in May 2014, the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) offers an art-focused research experience within the OCLC WorldCat environment. Researchers may search within this specialized subset of Worldcat data to hone in on a vast trove of art-historical literature held in an ever-increasing number of the world’s finest art libraries.
The best way to find exhibition catalogs that are held in either the Smith Library or the other CSU libraries is to do a "Keyword" search. Type in the words exhibition (or exhibtion*) catalog.
Notice the location, call number and availablity. If the item is located at one of the other CSCU libraries, you can "request" it online and we will have it for you in a few days. You need to log in to Quick Search.
For exhibition catalogs about a particular artist, do a "Keyword" search and type catalog* and the artist's name.
Finding Books About Themes in Art in CONSULS
If looking for a particular theme or motif in works of art, do a "Subject" search in our library catalog. Type in the name of your theme along with the phrase in art. See examples below. (Some how-to books might also be included in the search)
Finding Articles about Artists
Here are just a few of our databases to use to look up articles. Just type in the artists name. You can also use the term artist or sculpture, etc. For very new or relatively unknown artists, you may need to find their official website to learn about them.