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ART & ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH GUIDE: Find Books

Internet Archive's Text Archive

Offers over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes includes offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in its collections. 

Try the archive's site OpenLibrary for an interface to the published books on archive.org and links to other online book collections.

Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Portal is an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications (including rare books, foundational literatures, and periodicals) for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.

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Library Catalog Search Tips

Try a keyword search. Once you find a book that is relevant to your topic, use the subject headings of that book to help you find "more like this".

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Not finding enough, or an item checked out? Try borrowing from elsewhere.

Visual Arts ebook collections

Tips for Locating Exhibition Catalogs

To find exhibition catalogs held by the Wellesley College Library, perform a keyword search that includes exhibition* (the truncation symbol * will search for both the descriptive word 'exhibition' and the subject word 'exhibitions').

Examples:             

    rothko exhibition*
    bauhaus exhibition* 
    exhibition* africa* museum fine arts boston

 

Almost every bibliographic record for an exhibition catalog includes the subject word Exhibitions.

Examples:
    Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 -- Exhibitions
    Bauhaus -- Exhibitions
    Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Exhibitions
    Prints -- 20th century -- Exhibitions

 

The book/catalog vendor Worldwide Books : Exhibition Catalogues and Art Books has a searchable website for exhibition catalogs. This can be a helpful place to search for obscure exhibition catalogs (although most of them should be catalogued in WorldCat). The Getty Research Library's catalog is another helpful resource as well.

Subject Librarian

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Brooke Henderson
Contact:
Art Library, Jewett Art Center
Phone: 781-283-3258

Borrowing from Elsewhere

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Can't find what you're looking for at Wellesley?

Use WorldCat Discovery to search and request directly from libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Interlibrary Loan Guide