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Illustration - Studio Arts: Research Help

Welcome to the Illustration Research Guide!

This guide is to help you get a jumpstart on art research by giving an overview of what illustration 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 Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts with an Illustration emphasis and Illustration Minor (SUU Catalog).


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 Studio Arts in general, and Illustration in particular:

Periodicals and Serials

Although many of the journals and annuals we have in Sherratt 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:

Books and eBooks

At Sherratt 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 ebooks. Below is a list of call numbers that relate to Art (browsing the shelves of these sections on the 2nd level--or, 3rd level for Oversized items and Curriculum center items including illustrated childrens' books, can reveal resources you never knew you needed)!

Click any of the links below 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
NX Arts in general


PN6700-6790 Comics and Graphic Novels (no link)


TT Handicrafts. Arts and crafts (Including Fashion Illustration)

At Sherratt Library we also use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to provide access to groups of items with a subject in common. You might find some useful ones typing the following authorized (i.e. standardized) subject headings into the search box on the Sherratt Library landing page:

  • Botanical illustration
  • Commercial art
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Novels
  • Illustration of books
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Picture books for children
  • Scientific illustration
  • Technical illustration
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