Scholarly books and exhibition catalogs are the primary form of scholarship and writing in art history.
Scholarly and academic books (sometimes called monographs) are books on a single subject, written by scholars (professors or other academics), and usually published by university presses. These are one of your best resources for research in art history.
Art catalogs are another major source for research in the arts. These differ from academic/scholarly books in that they usually focus on a single exhibition or documentation of an artists' work, rather than providing extensive analysis or historic research.
To search for art catalogs at Mason and beyond, use the library's Advanced Search:
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|