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 a few examples of very general and more specific design subject headings, which might be useful in crafting 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.
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: