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ERH 216 - History of Art II: Finding books & articles

Books & articles, ERH

Depending on your project, you may want to search for books or articles. You can find articles in the library's online databases. The library catalog, WorldCat, will search for books, articles, and other materials.

Finding books

This searches VMI's collections with an option of searching "Local Libraries" or "Libraries Worldwide." Look for green text to signify whether VMI owns an item, or if it's at a "Local Library." The local libraries are W&L, Marshall Library and Southern Virginia University and as Cadets, you are allowed to use these libraries.

To search at W&L directly, go to

Additionally, you may borrow materials from many other Virginia libraries. See the list of cooperating libraries here

If traveling to another library is not possible for you, another option is to use Interlibrary Loan. 

Online databases

Databases are the library's tools that help you find articles on your topics. These are some of the library's best databases for art/art history.

Journals and magazines to browse or search

These are just four titles that we currently receive in print. More journals and magazines may be found through the databases above, or with a search in the Journal Locator.

Searching for your topic

  • Usually you will start a with a basic search, or using keywordsEverything will have at least one subject heading, and those are often more specific and helpful in finding what you need.
  • In an advanced search, you can search by Keyword, Author, Subject, and Title. You'll get different results based on how you search.
    • KW= Gauguin, Paul gives the broadest search, including this name anywhere.
    • SU= Gauguin, Paul will find anything with this among the subject headings
    • AU= Gauguin, Paul will find anything with van Gogh listed as an author, though he may not have written the book. 

Classifications, call numbers, and subject headings

Everything in the library has a call number, which is how you can find it in the library (example: NE400 .H79 1996)

Most materials on art have a call number starting with N, and these materials can be found on Preston Library 600 level.

  • N Visual Arts
  • NA Architecture
  • NB Sculpture
  • NC Drawing, Design, Illustrations
  • ND Painting
  • NE Print Media
  • NK Decorative Arts
  • NX Arts in General

​Below is a more detailed list of art classifications.

In an Advanced Search, you can search by "Subject heading," which can be more precise than a keyword search. Some subject headings to aid in your searches

  • Art, renaissance
  • Realism in art
  • Impressionism (Art)
  • Cubism -- France
  • Holbein, Hans, -- 1497-1543
  • Impressionism (Art)
  • Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
  • Gardens in art

A select few books