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ARTH 207 - 20th Century Art: Find Books

Research tips for ARTH 207 students. 2020

Find Books

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Which Books Are Scholarly?

To identify scholarly books, check for:

  • A university or academic publisher (e.g. Oxford, Cambridge)
  • Authors/editors are scholars, professors, curators, etc.
  • Extensive bibliographies/reference lists are provided

Exhibition catalogs can be an especially helpful scholarly source.

  • Documents a gallery or museum exhition
  • Includes scholarly essays and high quality printed images of the works in the exhibit
  • Published by/in collaboration with a museum (e.g. Getty, Met Museum)
  • SEARCH TIP: add the keyword 'exhibitions' to your catalog search. E.g. cubism exhibitions

Catalogues raisonnés are another kind of scholarly art book.

  • Documents the complete works of a single artist
  • Includes extensive research information and a variety of images
  • Tend only to address late-career, prolific artists
  • SEARCH TIP: add the keyword 'raisonne' to your search. E.g. duchamp raisonne

Contemporary Artists Index


Search for an artist in the Cleveland Institute of Art's Contemporary Artists Index to get a list of exhibition catalogs the artist appears in.  Once you have a few titles, search for those in the SCAD Libraries catalog.

Ebook Tips

Looking for online resources? Log into your SCAD account from the library homepage to access ebooks and databases from home.

Searching for other library materials available online? Learn how to find eResources through SCAD Libraries with the video below:

Need more help? Ask a Librarian to connect you with library resources.

Book Search Tips

  • Check the location, call number, and status before heading to the shelf (see example below)
  • Books are organized by subject, so take time to browse the shelves. You might find something useful you didn't see in the catalog.
  • Obtain books from other SCAD locations or place a hold with the request service. Learn how here!

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