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*Art, Architecture, and Photography

Guide to resources for the study of Fine Arts at Brandeis

Creative Arts Librarian

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Lisa Zeidenberg
Farber Library, Floor 2


Finding Books, Journals, and Videos: Brandeis Library OneSearch

The Library Catalog option in OneSearch is the principal means for locating books, journals, and videos in the library collections. OneSearch can be useful for this purpose at two levels of your research. If you have already identified the book(s) you need through other research aids, use the Advanced Search to search the Library Catalog by Title or by Author to locate the item(s) in the library. If you are trying to identify books that will be useful for your research, search the Library Catalog by keyword, and use the Subjects listed in the left margin to find related materials.

A Few Subject Tips to Improve Your Results
  • Medium (more specific than "art"): painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, photography, performance art
  • Artist and medium or specific work: Rembrandt painting or Rembrandt Night Watch
  • Geographical location (largest to most specific): North America, United States, Southwest, New Mexico, Taos
  • Nationality (noun vs. adjective): American or United States; France or French; British or Great Britain or England or English
  • Time period (style vs. century): Baroque or 17th century; Romanticism or 19th century; Modern or avant garde or 20th century; Ming dynasty
  • Subject subdivisions: criticism and interpretation, exhibitions, history, influence

Browse the virtual shelves for books in Art and Architecture -- Library of Congress classification outline

Location in the Library

  • Books(N-NX, TR)
    • on Farber level 4, unless marked "Creative Arts Reference" (level 3)
    • regular and oversized (+) books are shelved together on level 4
  • Double oversized books (++) -- located on Farber level 2 in the oversize section
  • Unbound journals -- located on Farber level 3; bound volumes are on level 4
  • DVDs and videocassettes (N-NX, TR)-- Goldfarb level 1 (Browsing Video Collection)

If It's Not at the Library

  • Is the item you want checked out by someone else? Ask for a recall (scroll down to see FAQ explanation under "How do I return materials").
  • In a hurry? Get a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card and borrow the item from a nearby academic library - use WorldCat to find which libraries own the item.
  • Have a little more time? Request the item from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).