Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Fine Arts: Finding Books

Books not held by Loyola

You can locate books which are not available at Loyola's Libraries by searching for your title or subject in WorldCat Local ; a database of millions of books in libraries nationwide and around the world.

Books found there may be requested through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department (ILL requests can be made directly from WorldCat and many other databases by clicking the ILL link found imbedded in many title records).

Additionally, Loyola maintains reciprocal borrowing arrangements with a number of other local institutions of higher learning. See the Finding Books page for further information on those institutions and loan policies.


Books in Loyola's Collection

To look for books held in Loyola's collection search the library's online catalog. Or search using WorldCat Local, a comprehensive library catalog that searches the holdings of libraries worldwide, including Loyola's.

Use your imagination when searching; think of the different ways some subjects are classified (i.e., "Northern Renaissance Painting", "Flemish Painting", and "Netherlandish Painting"), and do some mixing and matching. Try adding or subtracting words. It may be necessary to approach your subject from different angles; the specific thing you're looking for, coupled with other contextual searches that might yield useful and relevant results. For example: Search "Max Ernst", and "Dada", and "Surrealism", etc., to get the broadest possible look at potential resources that might contain information about Max Ernst. When you find a book that looks interesting it can also be useful to dig deeper using the catalog's linked subject headings as avenues to other titles with the same or related subject matter.

Don't forget to use the bibliographies (found in your text books, the books on reserve for your course, and the articles from journals) to gain easy access to suggestions for additional information about your subject.



Subject Guide

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