Books, like articles, will report on specific research done by scholars in the field. When you know your topic or research question, check out a few books for information that will support your ideas or answer your questions. Films and documentaries can be a great way to supplement your other research, or to find visual representations of your topic.
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If you are interested in browsing for topics in art (either on the shelf or in the catalog), or would like to browse for inspiration, try looking at Dewey Decimal Call Numbers in the 700s.
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