ARTEDUC 5367 Reel Injuns: Identity, Art, and Representation


University Libraries owns many ebooks and also subscribes to a number of ebook packages. If you are an online student who can't make it to campus regularly, there are still book resources for you! Additionally, you can always request books through OhioLink or SearchOhio to pick up at your local public library, if you prefer print. 

To look through the catalog specifically for ebooks on a topic, select "Books & More" from the library's homepage. From there, click on "More Options" to the right and below the search bar. A new screen will appear. Once there, click on "Advanced Search" under the search bar. In Advanced Search, you can filter results by Material Type. Select ebooks before running your search.

You can find ebooks the same way you find physical copies of books - searching the library's catalog. If you have any questions about finding and using ebooks, please email the Art & Design Librarian.

Library of Congress Classification for Art

The Library of Congress call number system designates that the letter 'N' represent the subject 'art', hence most of the books at the Fine Arts Library have call numbers beginning with N. But we have many other subjects in our stacks, such as AMs for museum studies, Cs for archeology, Gs for fashion, Ps for literature/film, TRs for photography, Zs for book studies, and more! The L section is designated for education, so there is quite a bit of overlap in the field of Art Education in the L and N sections.

AM: Museum Studies

L: Education

N: Visual Arts

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND: Painting

NE Printmaking

NK: Decorative arts

NX: Arts in general, Mixed Media, Performance Art

PN: Art and Literature/Film

TR: Photography

Z: Books (General), Writing, Paleography, Book Industries and Trade, Libraries, Bibliography (This section also contains typography and history of the book).

Search Catalogs


What is this searching? The OSU Library Catalog searches for print, electronic and other formats in the OSU Libraries collections. More Search Options >>


What is this searching? The OhioLINK catalog allows searching and requesting of scholarly materials located in the 90+ college and university member libraries around Ohio, plus the State Library of Ohio. More Search Options >>


What is this searching? WorldCat@OSU searches across 7 key databases for books, articles, and more. More Search Options >>

What is this searching? The SearchOhio Catalog allows searching and requesting of popular books, DVDs, CDs and other materials from 20+ public library systems throughout the state of Ohio. More Search Options >>

How to Search the Library Catalog

Some Books From The Collection

Search Strategies

Searching for books in library catalogs and databases can feel a little different than using Google or another general search engine. Usually, if you are searching for something that has multiple parts or concepts, it is a good idea to break those into keywords using the advanced search function. To get to the advanced search, click on "Books and More" on the library's homepage, then "More Options" under the search bar, then "Use advanced search" under the NEXT search bar.

For instance, a search for books on Native American art in the United States might look like this:

  • indigenous AND art AND "united states" 
  • "native american" AND art
  • "american indian" AND art

Note that when using keyword phrases, it's a good idea to put quotation marks around your search terms. This will help the search function to understand that you are looking for an entire phrase, rather than separating the terms into two different concepts.

You'll notice once you find a book that looks good to you in the catalog, that the record includes subject headings that look a little different than the keywords you used to conduct your search, but related to them. Most of the time, you can click on those headings and see if there are more books at OSU Libraries with the same subject attached. Some related to Native American art might look like this: 

  • Indian art -- North America -- Themes,motives

If you click on one, it will show you how many items in the library system also have that subject heading, as well as similar, but slightly different, other subject headings. This can be a really good way to gather relevant resources during the research stage of your paper.