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Art History: e-Catalogs

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Duke catalog

1. "Catalog" tab to the Duke Libraries catalog

  • Use your natural language to find ONE book that's relevant.
  • Click the title of that book
  • Scroll down to the "subjects" and look for the library term/subject it groups under your topic
  • Click the hyperlink of that topic and get ALL the works we have on your topic!


Here are some subject examples of what you can find:

  • Guerrilla Girls (Group of artists)   artist's group
  • Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987 -- Exhibitions    exhibition catalog
  • Women artists   topic
  • Prints, English -- 18th century.
  • Crying in art.   book treating an individual theme
  • Feminism and art
  • Caricature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.  topic limited by geography and time period
  • Manet, Edouard, 1832-1883 -- Interviews.




2. Google Books & Google Scholar

Google Books allows you to search books by key-word.  It does not display the whole book.  Use LIBX.

Google Scholar is the same but for articles.


Worldcat - combined catalog of all libraries

Use Worldcat to locate exhibition catalogs and books for interlibrary loan and archives of collections.  There's a "libraries with this item" link that shows NC libraries first.

Virtual Catalogue for Art History ( - consortial catalog of the large specialty art libraries (mostly art museums libraries), including Met, MoMA, and major foreign institutions.  Helpful because subject is only art(s); interlibrary-loan is not possible, but this catalog confirms the existence of items possibly obtainable through other methods.

ARCADE - NY Resources

Arcade - The collections of the Frick Art Reference Library, the Brooklyn Museum Library and The Museum of Modern Art Library.

Metropolitan Museum of Art digitized collection


Subject Guide

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