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Art and Design Subject Guide: Find Books

Catalogue Search Tips

Keywords are the key to finding relevant information, in the library catalogue, online database or www.  Many databases divide their material into rigid subject headings, so choosing an appropriate subject keyword can make the difference between finding or not finding information.  Try the listed keywords in the library catalogue (for book, reference, course reserve, serial, thesis and CD Rom access), or in the linked sites and databases. 

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Read more about how our books are organised on the shelf and how the Dewey Decimal system works

Subject Headings for Art Books

Try searching using the following keywords

Aesthetics
Animation
Architecture
Art
Art dictionary
Art theory
Calligraphy
Carving
Ceramic arts
Cinematography
Drawing
Design
Digital video
Expressionism
Glass

Graphic arts
Graphic design
Human figures
Impressionism
Interior decoration

Landscape art
Modern art
Painting
Philosophy
Photographs
Photography 

Postmodernism
Printmaking
Sculpture 
Symbolism
Textile arts  
Typography
Video production
Web design