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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Art History Research Guide

Use this guide to help find books, articles, and other useful materials for art history topics.

Find Books

In order to find books, you can search the library catalog:

The catalog also contains ebooks, DVDs, videos, government documents, music recordings, scores, and teaching materials.

Browse the general call number areas below to find books related to art history.

These areas can be found on the 3rd floor.

  • D European and World History
  • E U.S. History
  • F Local U.S. History and The Americas

These areas can be found on the 4th floor. 

  • N Visual Art
  • NA Architecture
  • NB Sculpture
  • NC Illustration, Drawing, Posters, Commercial Art, Graphic Art
  • ND Painting
  • NE Print Media (woodcuts, lithography, aquatint, etc.)
  • NK Graphic Design, Ceramics, Textiles, Antiques, Arts and Crafts
  • NX Multimedia, or studies of more than one medium in the same book
  • TR Photography
  • TS Industrial Design
  • Z 246, 250 Typography

If the library doesn't hold a book you're looking for, you can search WorldCat here:

Use WorldCat to find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record.