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Modern Art: Books

Finding Books in the Lee Library & in Other Libraries

  • ScholarSearch
    It's our library catalog! Search books, journals, articles, or other electronic materials. Use SIMPLE or ADVANCED search at the top. If looking for books and e-books only, be sure to select item type=books
     
  • Other Libraries: Worldcat
    Search catalogs of other libraries! You can find out if other libraries have additional materials on your topic, then order those books through our Interlibrary Loan Services. Worldcat is a national consortia of libraries.

Finding E-books in ScholarSearch

Search your topic in ScholarSearch and filter results by "Resource Type = E-books" on the left column.

NOTE: DON'T LIMIT YOUR SEARCH BY E-BOOKS ONLY. A LOT OF GOOD STUFF IS IN PRINT.

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Subject Headings for Art Books

Art books are cataloged according to Library of Congress subject headings.  The following are common subject heading patterns used:

BY MEDIUM | ex: painting, sculpture, installation

BY NATIONALITY | ex: art, French; painting, American

BY GENRE | ex: landscape painting; portrait painting

BY TIME PERIOD | ex: art, modern--20th century; painting, French--19th century

BY STYLE/MOVEMENT | ex: impressionism (art); symbolism


These are useful subject headings for modern art:

Modernism (Art)
Expressionism (Art)
Dadaism
Art, Modern--20th Century
Primitivism in art 

etc.

Museum and Exhibition Catalogs

Exhibition Catalogs have subject headings for the name of the artist, subject of the exhibition, and name of the museum or gallery. To find exhibition catalogs, use the keyword "exhibitions" and the artist's name or topic.  Ex: Matisse AND exhibitions

Museum Catalogs are catalogs of a museum's permanent collection, and are cataloged by the name of the museum and the subdivision "catalogs" in the subject. To find museum catalogs, use the keyword "catalogs" and the name of the museum. Ex: Metropolitan Museum of Art AND catalogs

Catalogues Raisonnés

A catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive compilation of an artist's body of works, usually containing descriptions, provenance, exhibition history, etc.

To find an artist's catalogue raisonné in the Lee Library, search the artist's name and the term "catalogues raisonnés" 
Ex: Van Gogh AND catalogues raisonnés


Check the current list of catalogues raisonnés in the Lee Library!

Series

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Bibliography Maker

Create and format your own bibliography of articles, books, etc. Import references from databases and use the style guide of your choice!  Step-by-Step Guide