All ideas are art if they are concerned with art and fall within the conventions of art -- Sol LeWitt
Monographs are books that focus on a particular topic, and are often by a single author. Monographs include exhibition catalogs and make up the bulk of the NUL Art library collection. With the inclusion of books of essays, reference works and other non-monographic works, the Art Librry contains well over 100,000 books on art and architecture.
Abount ebooks . . . traditionally, art books have been a little late to convert to ebook format. This is because Images present technological and copyright-based obstacles for publishers. However, we do have ebooks-- see the tip above and the resources below for locating them.
Free Temporary Access Guide: This library research guide points to a large number of free resources available across all disciplines during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is kept up-to-date by NUL librarians, but please let us know if you have any trouble with these resources as access privileges are under constant review by the various publishers and presses.
Bibliographies can be very useful in collecting a group of information resources on a particular topic, Resources collected and published as bibliographies have the added benefit of being recommended by an expert in the field, though they may not include the most recent publications. Library catalogues are good sources for comprehensive searches of the literature.
Kubikat is the collective catalogue of four of the leading German scholarly research institutes in the field of art history:
These are usually multi-volume sets that chronicle the entire output of an artist's career. Extensively researched, they are often considered definitive pieces of scholarship. While not every artist merits a catalogue raisonné, the library has examples for most major Western artists. Catalogues Raisonnés are also often broaken down by media, for instance "the comeplete paintings" or "the complete drawings." To find catalogues raisonné, search "catalogues raisonne" AND the artists name as a keyword search. Catalogues raisonné do not circulate.
Charles Deering Library of Special Collections and University Archives
Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies