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ARH 107: Women, Gender, and Art

Can't Find the Book You Want?

If you can't find the book you want in the library catalog or the online e-book collections, you can request to borrow a copy from another library.  It will be delivered to you here at SJU. 

Finding Books in the Library

For art topics, trying searching for the

  • Artist’s name
  • Movement/Style/Period (e.g. Impressionism)
  • Location/Region and Technique/Medium (e.g. Japanese Painting)
  • Artist’s name AND Themes, motives
  • Artist’s name AND Criticism and interpretation
  • Artist's name AND exhibitions
  • Artist's name  AND catalogue raisonne

Types of Art Books

Exhibition Catalogs

  • The publication that accompanies museum or gallery exhibitions
  • Often includes artist biographies, interviews and/or career chronologies
  • Group exhibitions contextualize artists and objects by time, place and/or topic
  • Includes high-quality images
  • Use your artist's name AND exhibitions as subjects when searching for exhibition catalogs


  • Monographs are focused on a single topic and usually written by a single author
  • Books about artists, art movements, art practice, and art concepts, are published separately from exhibition catalogs and catalogues raisonnes
  • Artist monographs Include biographical information about artists and discuss their influences and process
  • Often include interviews and/or chronologies
  • Includes high-quality images

Catalogues Raisonnes

  • A complete study of an artist's work, sometimes of a specific medium or time period
  • Includes thorough chronology of biographical events and a bibliography;
  • Includes images, descriptions of work and usually notes about provenance;
  • Often includes obscure and hard to find objects
  • Use your artist's name  AND catalogue raisonne when searching for these books

Edited Volumes or Collections

  • Books on a specific topic that have chapters or sections written by different authors
  • One or several editors determine the purpose of the book and bring together the authors
  • Often, the multiple authors will each bring a unique perspective to the topic