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Resource Guide:
Visual Research

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
Costume, FashionGT
Fine ArtsN
Drawing, design, and illustrationNC
Print MediaNE
Decorative ArtsNK
Arts in generalNX
Handicrafts, arts and craftsTT

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Pictorial Works
  • United States–History–Pictorial works
  • Rome (Italy)–Pictorial works
  • Pictures
  • Photographs
  • Painting
  • Art
  • Art nouveau
  • War in art
  • Illustrations
  • London (England)–Social life and customs–Illustrations
  • Theaters–Stage-setting and scenery–Illustrations
  • Exhibitions
  • Art, American–Exhibitions
  • Women painters–United States–Exhibitions
  • Video recordings
  • Feature Films
  • Animated Films
  • Film and video adaptations
  • Documentary Television Programs
  • Operas–videorecording

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
The changing arctic landscapeQC 984 .A4 T37 2010
The library : an illustrated historyZ 721 .M885 2009
Edward HopperND 237 .H75 A2 2007
Pots & plays : interactions between tragedy and Greek vase-paintingNK 4645 .T377 2007
Rembrandt as printmakerNE 2054.5 .R4 A5 2006
Great road style : the decorative arts legacy of southwest Virginia…NK 1410 .V8 W49 2006
Michael Graves : images of a grand tourNA 2707 .G7 A88 2005
Cy Twombly : fifty years of works on paperOVERSIZED NC 139 .T89 A4 2004
Hudson River School visions : the landscapes of Sanford R. GiffordND 237 .G4 A4 2003
The illustrated history of World War IID 743 .R211 2003
The photographic history of the Civil War in ten volumesREMOTE E 468.7 .M64
Century of change : America in pictures, 1900-2000E 161 .L544 2000
Life, decades of the 20th century : the way we wereE 741 .L53 1999
A year in pictures 1997 : Life albumTR 820.5 .L53 1998
Their faces toward Zion : voices and images of the trek westBX 8611 .H65 1996
Life : Sixty Years : A 60th Anniversary Celebration 1936-1996CB 425 .L44 1996
Realms of Tolkien : images of Middle-earthPR 6039 .O32 Z813 1996
Baseball : an illustrated historyGV 863 .A1 W37 1994
Souvenirs from Japan : Japanese photography at the turn of the centuryTR 105 .W56
Celebrating the American earth : a tribute to Ansel AdamsTR 642 .A246
Main Street : the heart of the American townOVERSIZED E 168 .M26
The Covent Garden album : 250 years of theatre, opera, and balletML 1731.8 .L72 C625
The art of Audubon : the complete birds and mammalsQL 681 .A96
The Way we wore : fashion illustrations of children’s wear, 1870-1970GT 1730 .W39
… a photographic album of Victorian and Edwardian BritainDA 533 .D29
Men at work : photographic studies of modern men and machinesTR 653 .H54
French opera posters, 1868-1930ML 89 B.76
The New York stage : famous productions in photographs, 1883-1939REMOTE PN 2277 .N5 N4
Art nouveau display alphabets : 100 complete fontsZ 250 .A77
American labor : a pictorial social historyREMOTE HD 8066 .S35
Ceremonial centers of the MayaF 1435 .C79
Mr. Lincoln’s camera man, Mathew B. BradyTR 140 .B7
In a sacred manner we live; photographs of the North American IndianE 77.5 .C8
Fashion through fashion plates, 1771-1970GT 513 .M6
Early illustrations and views of American architectureNA 710 .G53
Costumes from the Forbidden CityNK 4783 .N47
Idle hours : Americans at leisure, 1865-1914FOLIO ND 1460 .L45 P57
Understandings : photographs of Decatur County, GeorgiaFOLIO F 292 .D27 K85

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • American Artist
  • Art Forum International
  • Art in America
  • History Today
  • Life
  • National Geographic

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

Selected Web Page and Digital Archives