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ARTH 4303: Pre-Columbian Art: Books

A course guide to library research resources for Prof. Tarver's art history students in Pre-Columbian Art

Useful Books

RSS Feed of New Art & Design Titles!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Log in to ILLiad to make an Interlibrary Loan request

Interlibrary Loan is a Library lending service available to current TxState students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that the Alkek Library does not own.

This service is free to Texas State students, faculty, and staff. Typical turnaround for a book is 2 weeks.  Turnaround time for articles varies depending on format (hard copy or electronic) but averages 2 to 3 days.

Other Catalogs

Texshare - Check out a book from almost anywhere in Texas with one of these cards. Click for information.

Worldcat Searches thousands of libraries -  built-in interlibrary loan request button allows you to get material we don't own.

Alkek Library Book Catalog

Search the library catalog for print resources, ebooks, movies, and more!




  • Click on the title to see subject headings (if you're having trouble with keywords)
  • Use truncation, for example if searching for political or politics, you can type polit* and get any form of the root word before the *

Useful Subject Headings and Call Number Areas

For your class these will be the best subject heading to get you started looking for books in the library on your topics. Once you get a list of books from one of the subject headings listed below, you will see a common call number area for that subject adn can go to it to browse.


Below is a list of Call Number areas for Fine Arts and Design Resources for general browsing purposes when searching for images. The handout below the table is visual map version of this table.


Subject Call Number
Advertising HF 5801-6182
Aesthetics BH
Architecture NA
Art Encyclopedias N1-9165
Art General NX
Decorative Arts NK
Drawing & Illustration NC
Graphic Arts & Computer Graphics TR, NC, Z200
Jewelry Making TS, TT
Music M
Painters & Painting ND
Photography TR
Printmaking NE
Sculpture & Sculptors NB

Handouts for Finding Books


Below is a browsing map with different areas of inerest highlighted in yellow to use when you are looking for any image related subject, topic, or medium. Click on the image to download a printable PDF version of it and to see it better. :)

Subject Guide

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