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Fine Arts: Search Strategies

Where to Find What:

Not sure how to find hardcopy books and videos, ebooks, streaming online videos, scholarly articles, databases, and more? Here's your brief guide:

Fine Arts concepts: Online catalog search terms

Finding books, ebooks, films, and more:

  • Searching the library catalog by Fine Arts is the most general way to start. You'll get a mix of books, films, and other materials from the library catalog.
  • This “fine arts” search is a good starting point, but it will yield too many results for most situations. You’ll see “Narrow by Tag” option with many more choices for steering your “Fine Arts” search in a more specific direction
  • To zero in on your research area, you’ll need to use the “narrow by tag” option to focus in more, or search specifically with other search terms for very specialized aspects.
  • You can use any of these keywords, or even search terms of your own. From there, you can further narrow down results by additional search tags, library locations, and types of materials (left side of your screen).

Tip: search terms like these are also useful for finding articles in the library’s online databases.

Example Search Terms for Fine Arts

General Fine Arts terms:

More specific search terms: