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Modern Art - VMS 202: Book Catalogs

Duke Library

1. Duke "Classic" Library Catalog - always use the old ("Classic") version for better and more accurate searching

  Use your natural language to find ONE book that's relevant.  Then go into the record and click the subject headings assigned to that book to find more like it.

These are all library subject headings

  • Surrealism [or any name of a particular art movement]
  • Boccioni, Umberto, 1882-1916.  [or any artist's name] 
  • Art, Italian -- Exhibitions. 
  • Performance art -- 21st century  [or any medium]
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.)  [or any museum name]

Comprehensive Library Catalog

2. 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.

International Art Libraries Catalog

3. 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.

Subject Guide

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