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Fine Art

Welcome! This is a selective guide of tools to help you do research in Fine Art (Visual Art). Use the tabs on the left to navigate through key or recommended resources.

Where possible, Queen's University Library has what you need through Omni. Discover the features of Omni in our quick search guide, or our Omni Search Tips libguide.

What you can't find at Queen's, try RACER, our interlibrary loan service. Please note: print ILL requests have been discontinued during COVID-19 until further notice, but requests for e-books or e-articles are possible.

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Louise Bourgeois, Maman, 1999 (cast 2003), sculpture, bronze, stainless steel, and marble, 927 x 891 x 1024 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON. Photo courtesy of Lucinda Walls

Library of Congress Fine Arts Classification

All "N" Fine Arts classification material is held in the Stauffer Library Art Collection on the 2nd floor, also some Q's. Other class numbers are integrated throughout Stauffer. Use LC classifications to browse art subjects in the physical stacks or by Call Number in an Advanced Search in Omni. Note Virtual Browse function at bottom of Omni screens.

N: Visual arts
NA: Architecture
NB: Sculpture
NC: Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND: Painting
NE: Print media. Printmaking and engraving
NK: Decorative arts. Applied arts. Decoration and ornament
NX: Arts in general (two or more of the fine arts media)
TR: Photography
BH: Aesthetics
QC: Pigments
QK: Botanical illustration

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