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ART: Art History

This guide provides links to a variety of resources for Camosun students conducting visual art and art history-related research.

Finding books & e-books

The Camosun library contains a wide variety of physical and e-books on art-related topics. Use the tools on this page to start your search. 

As you review your search results, you will notice that records for physical books contain a "call number" and a location. Most art books are located on the second floor of the Lansdowne campus library.

Screen capture of a library book record showing the book's call number and campus location


Call numbers

A call number is an address which tells you where a resource is located in a library. All hard-copy resources in a library have a unique call number. Because books are arranged in call number order, you will find books on similar subjects located next to one another – this is a fantastic way to discover books related to your topic that you might not already know about.

Most books in the Camosun Library are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System. The system uses twenty-one basic classes, each of which is identified by a letter of the alphabet. Most of these alphabetical classes are further divided into more specific subclasses, identified by two-letter, or occasionally, three-letter combinations.

Resources related to art, art history, and museum studies can be found in the following call number ranges. 

AM1-(501) – Museums, Collectors and collecting

  • AM10-100 – organized by country
  • AM111-160 – Museology, Museum methods, technique, etc.
  • AM200-(501) – Collectors and collecting

– Visual arts

NA – Architecture

NB – Sculpture

NC – Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND – Painting

NE – Print media

NK – Decorative Arts

NX – Arts in general      

  • NX440-632 – History of the arts

TR – Photography

TR845-899 – Cinematography, Motion pictures

E-books and more from Canada Commons

Canada Commons logo

The Canada Commons collection provides content from Canada's scholarly and independent publishers as well as public policy papers from think tanks and government sources. It features a variety of e-resources by Indigenous authors and information on Indigenous topics.

Canada Commons collection content is not always represented using the library's Single Search tool. You can access Canada Commons using the links below, or using the A-Z database list to search for the latest holdings in this collection of Canadian e-resources.