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This guide includes sources for art research, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical sources, indexes to journal articles, sources for images, and information on archival research.

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Call Number Areas for Browsing

You may use the following call number areas for books in the Gelman stacks (5th-6th floors). We use the Library of Congress classification system. If you are interested in specific artists, time periods, or countries, please contact a reference librarian for more specific call numbers.

NA   Architecture
NB   Sculpture
NC   Drawing
ND   Painting
NE   Printmaking
NK   Decorative arts
NX   Arts in general
TR   Photography

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