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Fine Arts

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Library Catalogue Search Tips:

The most typical search in the Library Catalogue is a keyword search. Keywords are everyday terms to describe a topic.  A more precise search is by subject.  Subject headings are the agreed upon terms designated by the Library of Congress and assigned to each item in the library catalogue.

  • Books are shelved in alphabetical and numerical order according to the call number, a combination of letters and numbers on the spine.
  • Call numbers signify subjects,so books on similar topics will have similar call numbers and be shelved near each other

Call numbers help you locate items in the library. You will always find related books shelved together so understanding call numbers can help you find many resources on the shelves.

Still confused about call numbers? Our guide may help!

Try browsing the collection in these call number ranges:

  • N --- Fine arts
  • N 5300-7429 --- Art History
  • NA --- Architecture
  • NB --- Sculpture
  • NC --- Drawing. Design. Illustration
  • ND --- Painting
  • NE --- Print media
  • NK --- Decorative arts
  • NX --- Arts in general
  • TR --- Photography
  • TT --- Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts

Who is the author?

  • holds an advanced degree in the subject covered by the book?
  • professional or researcher in the field?
  • is the author affiliated with a university / professional organization?


  • original research
  • literature review
  • advances research in discipline

Cited Sources?

  • bibliography / extensive notes
  • cites other scholarly sources
  • has an index


  • university press
  • scholarly publisher


  • uses terminology of the discipline
  • is written for other scholars / students