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ART 360 - Women, Art and Society: Books

Primo Books+Media

Example searches:

Searching Tips

  • If you are looking for a book about or created by a particular artist, search their name (Last Name, First Name) as a Subject or Author search
  • Remember that the most recent, or less well-known artists will not likely have a whole book dedicated to them.  Try browsing for them in anthologies of Contemporary Art generally our in a particular medium (see example search above) or look for articles on them.
  • If you click on one of the subject headings links in a record, it will bring up a list of similar subjects that might also be helpful.
  • If you don't find a book on your artist in Primo, look for the "Find in MeLCat" link to do the same search in MeLCat, a joint catalog for libraries throughout Michigan. 

Other Catalogs

For most of your projects, you will likely have to locate materials outside of Hope's Libraries.  There are two main cataloges you can use for this.

  • MELcat - this will search libraries within the state.  Use the "Get this for me" link to order the book (choose Hope College from the following dropdown list and then enter your 1Hope username and password)
  • WorldCat - this catalog searching for materials throughout the United States.  You can do similar keyword, subject and authors searches here as in HopeCat and MelCat.  Use the InterLibrary Loan link to order these materials.  Keep in mind that the more "Libraries Worldwide" that have a title, the easier it will be for us to order it (ie, we might not be able to get something if only 3 or 4 libraries own it).  REMEMBER: Only use WorldCat if you can't get the book through MELcat.
  • Center for Research Libraries is a shared collection of primary sources available to us.  This is a good place to look if you are looking for full runs of older magazines and newspapers.

REMINDER: Order these materials early on in your research.  They can take 1-2 weeks to arrive.