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AFR 370: The Black Figure in American Art and Popular Culture / Evans

Find Secondary Sources - Books

Finding Secondary Sources

What exactly are secondary sources?

Secondary sources describe, discuss, interpret, comment upon, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and process primary sources. Secondary source materials can be things like books or articles found in scholarly journals that discuss or evaluate someone else's original research.

Find Books on Art & Art History at UT

The Fine Arts Library and other UT Libraries have thousands and thousands of books on all conceivable topics in their collections. You can perform author and/or title searches in The Library Catalog to find both print and eBooks. You can also search by subject headings and keywords.


Ways to Search the Library Catalog

Keyword Searching

Use keywords to search for artists, art movements, materials, or your topic. 


  • Romare Bearden 
  • Black Arts movement
  • Photography 


Use the title of a book you are looking for in a catalog search. 

Example: Among Others: Blackness at MoMA

Subject Search

Use the subject search to find books related to your topic (Advanced Search --> Click on "Any Field"  dropdown and select "Subject"; enter a subject search term).


You can also try browsing the stacks in person at the Fine Arts Library. The books are located on the 5th floor and are cataloged by Library of Congress Classification. Try looking in these sections for the books that you need.

Art-General (N)

Architecture (NA)

Sculpture (NB)

Drawing (NC)

Commercial Art (NC 997)

Painting (ND)

Prints, Graphic Arts (NE)     

Decorative Arts (NK)

Design History (NK 1100 - NK 1400)

Furniture (NK 1900 - NK 2750)

Art Theory (NX)

Printing (Z 116 - Z 265)

Photography (TR)

Industrial Design (TS)

Typography/Typesetting (Z 250 - Z251)

Bibliographies can be very useful in collecting a group of information resources on a particular topic,  Resources collected and published as bibliographies have the added benefit of being recommended by an expert in the field, though they may not include the most recent publications.  Library catalogues are good sources for comprehensive searches of the literature.

These are usually multi-volume sets that chronicle the entire output of an artist's career. Extensively researched, they are often considered definitive pieces of scholarship. While not every artist merits a catalogue raisonné, the library has examples for many artists. Catalogues Raisonnés are also often broken down by media, for instance "the complete paintings" or "the complete drawings."  To find catalogues raisonné, search "catalogues raisonne" AND the artists name as a keyword search. 

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