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Art & Art History: Subject Guide: Home

Resources for your art history and studio art research in the Smith Library Center and on the Web

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Locating materials in the library

WorldCat Local is the library's online catalog.  Search it to identify the books, e-books, DVD's, CD's, and more in our library's collection. The library uses the Dewey Decimal System to assign a unique call number to every physical item in the building. Each item has a location as well, such as Reference, Reserve, etc.

When you have identified an item that you want to locate, note the entire call number as well as the location. If you search WorldCat Local on a mobile device, you will have the call number and location with you as you go into the stacks.

The library's collection spans all three floors of the building, with the Main (circulating) collection split among the three floors by call number:
000-199 First Floor
200-759.3 Second Floor
759.4-999 Third Floor

For assistance finding items in other locations, just ask at the library's InfoDesk.

How to consult a librarian

For help with your research:

  • Students needing in-depth help can schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian by filling out a Research Appointment Request form online. The form can be found on the Information Services website, on the right-hand navigation, at "Request Research Appointment." Appointments are scheduled during regular business hours, 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Students can go to the InfoDesk and ask for help during any hours the desk is staffed; librarians from the RADS (Research and Digital Scholarship) are on call during regular business hours (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) to help with questions requiring research assistance.


This subject guide introduces digital, print, and media resources from the Smith Library Center for research in art history, photography, architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics, and drawing. Click on the tabs above to visit each page.

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Off-campus access

If you are off campus, clicking on links in this guide to databases that are licensed by the library for access by SU faculty, students, and staff will prompt you to log in using your SUID and password. Once you've logged in, you should remain authenticated for the duration of that browser session and be able to access additional library subscription sources without interruption.