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BAMS205: Returning the Gaze: Issues in Black Photography: Finding Books

Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A

To find books, search DELCAT Discovery.

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Finding Books

Search DELCAT Discovery to find library resources related to your research topic.

You can limit searches to books, journals and other items held by the University of Delaware Library or search the entire WorldCat database that encompasses millions of titles in libraries throughout the world.

Suggested Searches

Types of books which are important for research in art history & cultural studies:

General Books on a Period or Style or Concept -


african american photograph* contemporary
african american women art*
"african american*" photographer*
"african american*" "pictorial works"
civil rights photographer*
su:African American women photographers
modern* african american art*

Exhibition Catalogs -


african american photographer* exhibition*
james van der zee exhibit*
women artist* african american exhibit*
blacks portraits exhibitions
su:african american art 20th century catalogs

Books on a specific artist -


gordon parks
carrie mae weems
roy decarava
lorna simpson
james van der zee

TIP: Go to the 3rd floor and browse the books in N6538 .N5. That's the area for general books on African American art.

TIP: Using the truncation symbol (*) is a useful feature in DELCAT and other databases. For example, type wom*n to find woman or women; type paint* to find paint, paintings, painted, painter, etc.

TIP: Be sure to note the date of publication of the book you are using.

Locating Books

Where are the art books located?

Books in the library are grouped together by subject.  Art books are located on the third floor of the Library within the N section.  Photography books are located on the lower level of the Library within the TR section.

Important: Many art books are considered oversize (designated as Folio or Folio+). Oversize books are located on the Lower Level of the Library. 

The N section of the library is divided as follows: 

 N - Visual Arts

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND - Painting

NE - Print Media

NK - Decorative Arts

NX - Arts in General, including interdisciplinary studies

CC- Archaeology

TR- Photography


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Carol Rudisell
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Susan Davi
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