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Art: Find Books

Find Books

During your time as a student in the School of Art and Design, you may want to locate physical books to look at as inspiration for your own works. The following page will give you step-by-step instructions on how to locate art books in Joyner Library.

Finding Art Books in the Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to search for art books housed at Joyner Library. You can access it here, or by clicking the words "Library Catalog" under the OneSearch box on the Joyner Library website. Click across the tabs in this box to learn how to locate books in the catalog in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Once in the Beta Catalog, click on Advanced Search under Options. Here is a graphic to help you find it.

Let's say you are looking for a book on Egyptian art to use as inspiration. 

Step 2: Next, you will fill in the following on the Advanced Search.

All Fields: Fill in your topic. In this case, put Egypt.

Subject: Write "Art" here. This will search books that are tagged as art books.

Format Dropdown: Select Print from the options in the Format Dropdown.

Here is a graphic to help you find these fields.

Step 3: Click Search at the bottom of the screen if you have not done so already. You will now have a listing of results of books that you can look through to locate physical books on the topic of Egyptian art. Notice that there are 141 books on the topic. At a glance, you can see if the book is available or checked out and the location and call number of where the book can be found. Write down both before going to look for the book. Location is highlighted orange on this image and the call number is highlighted yellow.

Step 4: While you are here, look at the book's record by clicking on the title and notice that you can click Cite. This will give you an APA, MLA, or Chicago citation to use in your paper, if necessary. You will also be able to see subject headings that are clickable to see all of the items tagged in the catalog as books on this topic.

Step 5: Use the Joyner Library Floor Maps to locate the general location of a book before going to find it. In the case of the book Egypt: 4000 Years of Art, the book's call number is N5350 .M243 2003 in the General Stacks. Using the floor map, I can determine that the book is on the 3rd floor in the N section before going up to the stacks.