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ART 311: History of Pre-Columbian Art: Find Books

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  • Search by "BEST MATCH" to ensure the most relevant results to your search appear near the top.
  • Limit your searches by "FORMAT" on the left side of the search page.
  • When you find items you'd like to use in your research, be sure to see what SUBJECT TERMS/SUBJECT HEADINGS were used.

Found it in the catalog? Use the call number locator to find it in the building

Call Number Locator: The call number of a library item is like a home address. Copy and paste any call number you find in the library catalog to see where it lives in the library.

Why use books for research?

Why use books for my research?                                      

  • Detailed analysis of a topic                    
  • Background information                    
  • Overview of big issue                    
  • Use their bibliographies to find other sources

Books are your friend! In art history in particular, a lot of research and scholarship is still published in book-form, so don't neglect this very useful resource!

Course reserves for ART 311

Ways to Get Resources

There are three ways to get library books here at SU. In the order you should look for your item, you can borrow from

  1. SU Libraries
  2. Direct Borrowing from our consortium,The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI)- including College Park and Towson. Materials requested from USMAI institutions typically come in 3-5 days, sometimes sooner.
  3. Interlibrary loan (ILL) from libraries outside USMAI. Materials requested through ILL typically come in 1-2 weeks, depending on where the lending library is located.

Policies can be seen here.

What are subject headings?

Subject headings are a type of controlled vocabulary that is used to take the guesswork out of searching by using a single term to describe a subject.

Look to the bottom of a book record to see what subject headings are assigned to the book- you can use those terms as keywords, or see what other titles have been assigned the same subject headings.