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Art & Art History

Selected reference works, electronic resources, and Web sites for Art & Art History.

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Catalyst is the shared online catalog of the libraries of Carleton College and St. Olaf College. It provides an access point to the books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources available at Carleton or St. Olaf.

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases you can use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a keyword search, where you may use any words you like).

When starting out, it is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, and then to examine the subject headings of the results you find relevant. Catalyst displays these subject headings as links and clicking on one of them will automatically conduct a subject search for that particular topic. If you have trouble finding relevant sources using a keyword search, ask a librarian for help.

Search WorldCat, an online catalog for libraries throughout the world, to take your search beyond Northfield.

Call Numbers
Browsing the stacks can help you evaluate the library's collection in a given field of study. The following call number ranges contain works relevant to architecture:

NA1 - 60 Architecture, general
NA100 - 130 Architecture and the state
NA190 - 1555.5 History
NA1995 Architecture as a profession
NA2000 - 2320 Study and teaching. Research
NA2335 - 2360 Competitions
NA2400 - 2460 Museums. Exhibitions
NA2500 - 2599 General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 Architectural criticism
NA2695 - 2793 Architectural drawing and design
NA2835 - 4050 Details and decoration
NA4100 - 8480 Special classes of buildings
NA9000 - 9428 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying

Online Reference: Architecture

Selected Books: Architecture Reference

Below is a partial list of general reference works on architecture. Our Reference Collection also contains more specific works to help you get started on your research.

Selected Books: Architects

Selected Books: Architectural Styles