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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 photography:

TR1 - TR225 Photography, general works
TR250 - TR265 Cameras
TR265 - TR267 Digital photography
TR287 - TR500 Photographic processing
TR510 - TR545 Color photography
TR550 - TR581 Studio and laboratory
TR590 - TR620 Lighting
TR624 - TR835 Applied photography (artistic, commercial, etc.)
TR845 - TR899 Cinematography
TR925 - TR1050 Photomechanical processes

Getting Started: Selected Reference Books

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

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