Welcome to the Art Research Guide!
This guide is to help you get a jumpstart on art research by giving an overview of what art resources are available in the library, along with some quick tips on how to find and use them. This resource guide was created in support of the SUU Art Major. Art research encompasses the study of art history, arts administration, art education, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, and graphics arts.
Sherratt Library provides access to a number of databases on a wide range of subjects. Below is a list of databases with content related to Art:
Although many of the journals and annuals we have in the SUU Library are available in electronic form, sometimes a print copy is the only way to go. Below is a list of periodicals and serials we have both in print and electronic formats (and occasionally, only in print). Note that print copies of periodicals are housed in the collapsible shelves on the first level, organized alphabetically by title, serials are in the book shelves, organized by call number, like books. What's the difference between a periodical and a serial? Periodicals are published 2 or more times per year; serials are published annually or less frequently. View the links below for holdings and location:
At SUU Library we use the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize the items on our shelves. These call "numbers" (they're really letters) on the spines are used for most of our items, including print books and e-books. Below is a list of call numbers that relate to Art (browsing these sections in the shelves of the library can lead you to discover many helpful books on all of these topics).
Click here to see a PDF of more complete breakdowns for each number at the Library of Congress.
N Visual arts
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts
NX Arts in general
Cassatt, Mary. The Child's Bath. 1893, oil paint, Art institute of Chicago.