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Art & Design Research Guide: Books

A research guide to access hard-copy and online resources in the discipline of art & design.


WorldCat is Ryan Library's online catalog. Search here for both print books and ebooks.

Reference Books: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Below are representative titles from Ryan Library's reference collection:


Print Books on Art and Design

Reference books, encyclopedias and dictionaries, are kept on in the Reference area and are for in-house use only. Books on art and design that may be borrowed are located on the Upper Level of Ryan Library in the 700 to 779 call number range:

701: Art theory

709: Art History

720: Architecture

730: Sculpture, Ceramics, & Metalwork

740: Graphic Art

750: Painting

760: Print making

770: Photography and film



Ryan Library provides access to over 180,000 ebooks. 

Search Oxford Reference Online Art & Architecture subsection.

Search Cambridge Histories Online for art history.

Check ProQuest Ebook Central and EBSCO eBooks.