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Useful Reference Books
A Short Guide To Writing About Art by
Call Number: N7476 .B37 2011 Checkout Desk, 3rd Floor
This best-selling text has guided tens of thousands of art students through the writing process. Students are shown how to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and are prepared with the tools they need to present their ideas through effective writing.
COVID-19 Update: The Interlibrary Loan unit at Texas State has resumed normal operations. However, due to many libraries still being closed and not lending physical items, it may be difficult or slower than usual to obtain some items. Please be patient!
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
ILL is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.
Use ILLiad, the online Interlibrary Loan request, to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.
Contact & Pick-up Info:
512.245.4893 or email
with additional questions. Items can be picked up at the Checkout Desk on the 3rd floor of the Library.
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.
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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. :)
Finding Books, eBooks, and other library materials
Use the Library Catalog
to search the main collection for print resources and ebooks. The
Library Catalog also provides location and availability details.
is a list of Call Number areas for Fine Arts and Design Resources for
general browsing purposes when searching for images. For specific
information see the section on how to use the Library Web Catalog for
searching for art related information.
|Drawing & Illustration
|Graphic Arts & Computer Graphics
||TR, NC, Z200
|Painters & Painting
|Sculpture & Sculptors