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Art and Art History: Find Books

Why Use Books?

Good places to acquire in-depth information on a topic.

Remember: you won't necessarily be reading a book from cover to cover.


  • Use the index in the back and table of contents in the front to find relevant information quickly.
  • Check the bibliography to find other sources of similar information.

Monographs ("single - writing") are books dedicated to one subject. 



In libraries, books in the stacks are arranged by subject, so when you find a title in the stacks, browse the same shelf or shelves for related titles.

Common call numbers for ART HISTORY are:

Visual arts:  N

Architecture:  NA

Sculpture:  NB

Drawing, design, illustration:  NC

Painting:  ND

Print media:  NE

Decorative arts:  NK

Arts in general:  NX


UNH students, faculty, and staff are able to view e-books that are licensed at UNH (not to other libraries) or that are open access.

E-books licensed only to other libraries can't be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), but print equivalents can be requested.

The ability to download e-books to your personal computer or e-book reader varies by publisher, e-book website, and available format.


Th E-Books link below provides more information searching for e-books and links to guides for using the features provided by different e-book providers.

Please Ask a Librarian if you want more assistance with e-books.

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How to Read an LC Call Number (video) (2:46)

Watch this short video to learn how to read a Library of Congress Classification call number so you can find books in the stacks. 

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