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Art History & Visual Art

This guide will help you find art related information including articles, books, images, and more.

Find Art Books

Search Summon and the Library Catalogue to find print and e-books. 

Core Art books are classed in the N-call number range.

  • N - visual arts
  • NB - sculpture
  • NC - drawing, design, illustration
  • ND - painting
  • NE - print media
  • NK - decorative arts
  • NX - arts in general

     Photography books are classed in the T-call number range. ​

  • TR - photography
  • TT - handicrafts, arts and crafts

 

 

 

 

Books in these call number ranges are located on Level 4 of the Music, Art & Architecture Library.

For more information on how these call numbers are organized, see: 


New Art Books

To browse new art books recently acquired by the Music, Art & Architecture Library, see: New Books & Materials. Search by using: 

(1) the "Restrict to subject" option and selecting "Fine Arts" in the drop down menu.

(2) the "Call number range(s)" option and identifying a specific call number to search (eg., AM, N-NX, ND249, TR).

(3) "More Options" and selecting "Music, Art & Architecture Library." Note: this retrieves new books from all three disciplines.

Subject Headings & Keywords

Listed below is a small selection of art subject headings that can be used for keyword searching in the UBC Library Catalogue.

 

 


Subject headings can be further broken down by time period/style, artist/group name, place, etc. as shown below.

By time period / style: By artist/group: By place:

 


Click on the links above or browse the UBC Catalogue for other subject headings. A visual example of how to get started is shown below.


Expanding your Search

To find more keywords / search terms, try using the following links to get more suggestions. Type a keyword into the search box and see what alternate or related terms they return to you. Then, try searching these new terms in Summon or the UBC Library Catalogue.

Primary Sources

For a detailed description of what constitutes a primary source, and how to search for primary source materials in UBC Library collections, see the Primary Sources guide.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

This is just a small selection of art dictionaries and encyclopedias in UBC Library holdings:

Bibliographies

Directories

Ebook Collections

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Books from Other Libraries

If UBC Library doesn't have the book you need, try ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan Service.

Visiting another university library?  Reciprocal Borrowing agreements may allow you to sign out books at that library.

These databases will expand your search beyond UBC Library: