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Finding Materials on Art in the Library (hide)

Finding Materials on Art in the Library

Forbes Library uses the Cutter Expansive Classification system to order books throughout the library. Under this system you will find materials on art shelved under the following call numbers:

WW9Art History and Criticism
WAArtists, Biographies, Works
WBArt, Aesthetics, Philosophy
WCMuseum & Private Collections
WEWIArchitecture and landscaping
WJWMSculpture, pottery, etc.
WNGraphic Arts, Visual Communication
WSCrafts, Folk Art
WTMosaics, Marquetry
WUTextiles, fiber arts
WVCostumes, Clothing, Fashion
WYMetalwork and Design
WYZAntiques and collectibles

We also have a pdf with a more detailed list.

Books with these call numbers can be found in the Arts and Music Department, on the second floor. Additional materials on art can be found in the DVD collection (also on the second floor) and in the Children's Department.


  • Grove Art Online
    An award-winning resource on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Over 45,000 articles on fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture. Scholarship written by over 6,000 international contributors. Over 130,000 art images, with links to hundreds of museums and galleries around the world. A wide range of search and browse options to explore the full text, bibliographies, biographies, and image links. Log-in from home with your library card.

  • Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online (AATO)
    Contains more than 125,000 terms covering fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture as well as brief definitions. Also from the Getty: Union List of Artist Names and Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online.

General Arts Links

  • The Arts in Western Massachusetts
    Western Massachussets Events Listings, Festivals, Organizations, Museums and Performing Groups.

  • Artcyclopedia
    The Fine Art Search Engine.
  • ArtNet
    The Art World Online.

  • ArtPromote
    Lists of important artists and resources including biographies and image archives. Also lists contemporary artists by name, medium, and style.

  • Wikipaintings
    An encyclopedia of paintings, focusing on classical and contemporary art.

  • National Gallery of Art
    One of the largest collections in the world of paintings, sculpture and graphic arts. This website gives information on over 110,000 objects, with images for 20,000 of them. Also includes teaching resources and in-depth studies.

  • World Wide Arts Resources
    The largest site for contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios, online since 1995

  • WomenArts Network (The Fund for Women Artists)
    Search for women artists by name, keyword, geographic region or other criteria, or find out how you can publicize your own work by creating a free profile page!

  • Skyscraper Page
    An architects dreamsite! Filled with drawings and descriptions of skyscrapers.

  • Big Cartoon Database
    Searchable Database "Providing an In-Depth, Detailed Look at your Favorite Cartoon Classics".


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