ARTEDUC 2700: Criticizing Television

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!

AM: Museum Studies

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 >>

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. For instance, a search for books on social justice, diversity, and the arts may look something like this:

  • television AND women
  • television AND gender AND representation
  • television AND race
  • television AND inclusion
  • television AND stereotypes
  • "popular culture" AND media AND representation

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 Arts Admin, Education, & Policy look like this: 

  • Arts -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Arts -- Management
  • Arts -- Economic aspects

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.