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Book Browsing Guide
In general, most of the art-related books at the AFA Library are classified using the Library of Congress classification scheme for fine arts.
Book call numbers starting AM through MT are on the library's main floor:
||Museums, collectors and collecting
||Literature on music
||Instruction and study of music
Followed by call numbers N through Z on the upstairs mezzannine:
||Drawing, design, illustration
||Arts in general (theory)
Key Resources for Art & Art History
Art & Architecture Source
Covers fine, decorative, and commercial art, and some areas of architecture and architectural design. Over 600 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books, and a collection of 63,0000+ images.
A digital library of over one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Indexes over 2,800 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Coverage from 1930s-present (with selective coverage dating back to the 1860s).
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
The Getty provides access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and to the Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA). These citation databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007.
Index to 19th Century American Art Periodicals
The only online index to 42 art periodicals published in the U.S. during the 1800s. Entire journal contents are indexed — including illustrations and advertisements.
Scholarly journal archive, going back to the first issue for many titles, covering Classical studies, area studies, anthropology, architecture, archaeology and art history.
Oxford Art Online
Contains Grove Art Online (encyclopedia), Oxford Companion to Western Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Multidisciplinary Resources of Interest
Biography in Context
Search for current or historic biographical info based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender.
Ebsco Academic Search Premier
Multidisciplinary, full text database for more than 4,500 journals, including peer-reviewed titles, some back to 1975.
Periodicals Index Online
A general database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Full-page-images and article images for newspapers from their beginning including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Constitution and The Christian science Monitor.
Open Access Reference Sources
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