Paper and Presentation Research: Getting Started

This can be used as a guide for doing library research.

Getting Started

Call Numbers

Browsing the library shelves by call number ranges is another strategy for locating information on a topic; call numbers can help you get to the "right neighborhood" in the library stacks. The file attached here outlines the call numbers within N (Visual Arts) and TR (Photography).

How to read a call number:








The LC subclass ND is for Painting; 553 is within the range for History.

The D is called a "cutter" and in this case, it is referencing the subject of the book, Delacroix; read the 33 as .33 or a decimal; in other words, .D33 comes before .D250.

The J is another "cutter" and here it references the author.    

The J is another "cutter" and here it references the author.

Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The MET's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is an online chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Museum's collection.

Select Online Reference Sources

Searching the open web to gather background information is one way to initiate your research. Another strategy is to consult the "reference" resources in the library, many of which are available online. Reference sources are also where you want to look for standards. For intsance, give the following a try:

Other Library Guides

The study of Art and Art History is interdisciplinary; thus, you will likely need to consult sources and tools outside the field. Fortunately, librarians at the Marriott Library have prepared Subject Research Guides for a number of fields of study and for specific courses.

You can search ALL Subject Guides or select from the following recommended ones for additional information tools and sources.

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