Make sure to look at the "Location" listed when you retrieve a book record. Most of our art books are on the 5th floor, but many are shelved in the Reference Collection (main floor) or the Oversized Collection (6th floor).
Reference books are a great place to start your search. Reference books provide an overview of a topic, typically just a few pages. If you take a few moments to skim a reference book, you'll get some great ideas on the key points on your topic that you can use for deeper research.
Reference books are shelved on the main floor of the library. The books must be used in the library, but because the entries are so brief, it is usually takes just a few minutes to jot down a few notes or make a list of relevant keywords.
Go to the WorldCat Catalog
Includes books and other media in libraries worldwide. Enter your zipcode to find availability in a library near you. To request books not available through OhioLINK use the interlibrary loan book request form.
1. Keyword Search
2. Subject Search
Library catalogs use specific Library of Congress Subject Headings to classify books. When you search, the words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress.
Article databases also use a controlled vocabulary similar to Library of Congress, but different databases may use different subject terms.