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Oklahoma City Community College Keith Leftwich Memorial Library

Art Appreciation - ART 1053

Guide to assist students researching art/artists for Art Appreciation

Find Books, eBooks, and More

Search Books, eBooks, and More in the OCCC Library Catalog

Use the OCCC Library Catalog to identify OCCC books, eBooks, and more on your topic. Here are some tips for searching in the OCCC Library Catalog: 

  • Keywords: Use keywords, not sentences like you may do in Google (example: wound care NOT how do you treat wounds)
  • Multiple Keywords: You may use multiple keywords when doing a search. Start with one and add others as needed to narrow your search (example: stroke and rehabilitation)
  • Publication Date: Be aware of the publication date. After your initial search, update the publication date to get rid of older titles in your results list.
  • Material Type: If you are looking for a specific material format, select from the "Material Type" list under "Limit Search Results" on the left.

Searching the Library Catalog

To search for books, eBooks, DVDs, etc. in the OCCC Library, visit the OCCC Library Catalog.

  1. The Library Catalog link on the Library's website.
  2. Locate the "Start Your Search Box"
  3. You can either type in a title, author, ISBN, etc. into the search bar or click the OCCC Library Catalog link.
  4. Use the filters on the left-side of the screen to begin refining your results.
  5. For more information on a title, click on the item's title.

LC Classification for Art

The OCCC Library uses the Library of Congress, or LC, call number system. Every book has a unique call number that tells you where the book "lives" in the shelves.  One great thing about the LC system is that books on the same topic are shelved together.  If you want to browse the book shelves in the art subject areas, the call number areas listed below will help get you started. All items on the 2nd floor of the OCCC Library can be checked out and taken home, but please browse the Reference Collection as well. Reference items must stay in the Library.  However, there are some great resources in the art section that may be very helpful. Reference items are located on the 1st floor of the Library.


N - Visual Arts

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND - Painting

NE - Print Media

NK - Decorative Arts

NX - Arts in General


Also of interest:

TR - Photography

TT - Handicrafts

A -- General Works

B -- Philosophy. Psychology. Religion

C -- Auxiliary Sciences of History

D -- World History. History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

E -- History of the Americas

F -- History of the Americas

G -- Geography. Anthropology. Recreation

H -- Social Sciences

J -- Political Science

K -- Law

L -- Education

M -- Music and Books on Music

N -- Fine Arts

P -- Language and Literature

Q -- Science

R -- Medicine

S -- Agriculture

T -- Technology

U -- Military Science

V -- Naval Science

Z -- Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources

Other Resources

We may not have books that discuss your chosen piece of art or artist.  In this case, we have a couple options to obtain the material for you.


1. You may want to make a trip to the Fine Arts Library at the University of Oklahoma.  OU has a dedicated library and librarian for the fine arts.  They will have many items in their collection that OCCC does not.  You may visit and use their resources in the library.  You may also ask for an OK Share card at the OCCC Library circulation desk.  Present your OK Share card to the staff ath the OU library and they will give you permissions to checkout materials.  You will be required to follow OU's borrowing policies.

2. Search in "World Cat" for your research topic.  This will bring up a list of items published concerning your research topic and will tell you which libraries own them.  You may request items through our Interlibrary Loan.  Keep in mind that books being borrowed through Interlibrary Loan have to be shipped to us via the US Postal Service.  This can take 7 to 10 business days to get an item once it is mailed out, so this option will only work for you if you have given yourself enough time to wait for the books.