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Research Guides

College of Performing & Visual Arts: Find Books/eBooks

Guide to selected electronic and print library research resources for students and faculty in the College of Performing & Visual Arts. For more information or help, contact the librarian subject specialist or Library Reference at 865-8040.

SUU Library Catalog

Locate books and media in the SUU Library with the SUU Library Catalog: Quick Search will work for most searches; use Advanced Search when you need to modify your search by language, format, or library location.

Catalog Quick Search

Keyword: Format:  

Browse the Shelves: For books on your topic, go to these call numbers:

Library of Congress Classification System:

Art & Design
  N   Visual Arts
  NA Architecture
  NB Sculpture
  NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
  ND Painting
  NE Print media
  NK Decorative arts

Arts Administration 
ML3790-3792 Music trade

  M 1-5000 Music
  M 5 - 1480 Instrumental music
  M 1495-2199 Vocal music
  ML 1-3930 Literature on music
  ML 159-3785 History and criticism
  MT 1-960 Instruction and study
  MT 170-810 Instrumental techniques
  MT 820-915 Singing and vocal technique

Theatre Arts & Dance
 GV1580-1799.4 Dancing

Shakespeare Studies
  PR 2750-3112

Reference Books

  1. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, yearbooks, statistics, and atlases can be found online and in the Reference Collection on the First Floor. 
  2. To find reference books to help you with PVA research using the Library Catalog, select Advanced Search, type appropriate keywords, e.g. shakespeare, then in the format: window select Reference Book, then click Search.

Searching other library catalogs:  From the Research Tab, go to Other Libraries

  • - use for finding books on your topic in other libraries, then request through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Utah's Catalog: search all Utah academic libraries

WorldCat: Find Books in Other Libraries

You can discover books (and other materials) not available in the SUU library by using the database, which lists the holdings of hundreds of library catalogs. Enter relevant terms or names in the box below.

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

SUU researchers can request most items found in WorldCat via Interlibrary Loan (see below).


Google Books

Although Google Books seldom delivers the complete text of a recently-published book, it can be very useful for viewing books' tables of contents and other information.

Google Book Search


Free Art eBook Collections

Getty Museum Virtual Library

Getty Museum has more than 250 art books online for anyone to read online and or download. You can search through the collection by author, keyword, or title. Alternatively, you can simply browse the collections. All of the free books are also available on Google Books.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Collection of free art history ebooks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Books can be read online or downloaded as PDFs. You can search through the catalog of books by keyword, title, author, thematic category, format, and publication type.


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan enables current SUU students, faculty, and staff to request books or receive electronic copies of articles that are available from other libraries.

To use Interlibrary Loan, from the library homepage, scroll down to Using the Library and choose Interlibrary Loan.

  • If you've searched the Library Catalog and discover the SUU library doesn't have the book you need. Book requests will be delivered in approximately one week of request.
  • If you've searched the Find Journals by Title for a journal that has an article you want and find that the SUU library doesn't have access to that journal. Articles will be delivered as electronic (pdf) copies to your Interlibrary Loan account, usually within a few days.