Worldcat@SU is the library's online catalog. Search it to find out what books, e-books, videos, DVD's, CD's and more are available in our library's collection. Search on the Library home page or here:
A keyword search is the most general kind of search you can do. This will look for your search term in the entire bibliographic record for an item -- title, author, subject, contents, etc. Keyword searches can help you identify book chapters devoted to your subject, too.
Advanced Keyword searching will enable you to construct more complex searches, specifying a combination of subject or title keywords, formats, languages, locations, and more.
You can refine your keyword search using these tips:
- use quotes to search phrases: "folk art"
- use + to mark essential terms: +drawing
- use * to mark important terms: *iconography
- use ? to truncate: art? (this will bring up results for art, arts, artist, artistic, etc.)
- use AND , OR , NOT (in caps) to narrow or broaden your search as needed
It is especially helpful to know subject headings used for your topic so that you can do a Subject search.
Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need. It may simply be a matter of figuring out the right terminology.
You can use the Subject Keyword search to find books about artists, art movements, historical periods, individual art works, and more. A few examples of subject headings (used in Worldcat@SU and many other databases as well) are below.