Library of Congress subject headings are a set of standardized terms used to describe book topics in virtually all research university libraries. They can be very helpful in locating books on a particular topic in NUsearch, WorldCat, or any other university catalog.
Here are examples of two very general and two very specific art subject headings, which might be useful in designing your own search terms:
You can look at any library catalog record or sometimes in the front matter of published books for other relevant subject headings.
721 Architectural structure
722 Architecture to ca. 300
723 Architecture from ca. 300 to 1399
724 Architecture from 1400
725 Public structures
726 Buildings for religious purposes
727 Buildings for education & research
728 Residential & related buildings
729 Design & decoration
NA 1-60 General
NA 100-130 Architecture and the state
NA 190-1555.5 History
NA 1995 Architecture as a profession
NA 2000-2320 Study and teaching.
NA 2335-2360 Competitions
NA 2400-2460 Museums. Exhibitions
NA 2500-2599 General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 Architectural criticism
NA 2695-2793 Architectural drawing
NA 2835-4050 Details and decoration
NA 4100-8480 Special classes of buildings
NA 4100-4145 Classed by material
NA 4150-4160 Classed by form
NA 4170-8480 Classed by use
NA 4170-(7020) Public buildings
NA 4590-5621 Religious architecture
NA 7100-7884 Domestic architecture.
NA 7910-8125 Clubhouses, guild houses,
NA 8200-8260 Farm architecture
NA 8300-8480 Outbuildings, gates,
NA 9000-9428 Aesthetics of cities.
Northwestern University's Art Library collects materials on art, architecture, design, photography, and related visual arts. The collection is especially strong on 19th- and 20th-century Western art, and it contains many rare periodicals on the history of architecture.
You can use NUsearch and WorldCat to find books you already know about (those cited in bibliographies and footnotes from reference sources and articles you've found on your topic), or you can browse them to find new, unknown books that may be useful for topic.
NUsearch catalogs materials found at or available through Northwestern University Libraries;
WorldCat catalogs materials found at libraries all over the world.
This video will show you how to find and request a book from the library.
This video will show you how to use NUsearch to browse for materials by topic or author.
If you find books in WorldCat or other sources that are unavailable or not held at Northwestern, you can borrow them from other libraries: