The gold standard of historical scholarship remains the monograph. Books about a single subject published by university presses are typically the culmination of years of scholarship on a topic. Use library catalogs to find these materials.
When doing research in the arts, you may encounter and rely on the use of various kinds of catalogs. These publications serve different purposes, and can include:
How do I find them at Mason?
On the library homepage, look for the the "Advanced Search" link under the central/main search box.
Do you prefer to browse the library's shelves to discover books? Find books in Mason Libraries by their call number, organized roughly in these categories. Look for the call number ranges starting with these letters:
|I'm interested in...||BROWSE in the library:|
|Museums and museum studies||AM 111 - AM160: Museology, museum methods|
|Art history, general fine arts, themes & topics||N
|Drawing, graphic design, illustration||NC: Drawing, animation, graphic design, illustration, cartooning
Z 116-659: Book design & printing
|Painting||ND: Painters and the history of painting|
|Printmaking||NE: Printmaking & engraving
Z116 - Z265: Printing technologies
|Photography||TR 1 - TR 1050|
|Graphic Novels & Comic Books||PN 6700 - PN 6790|