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Mesoamerican and Pre-Columbian Art

Welcome to the UCLA Library guide for research on Renaissance Art. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools for finding books, scholarly articles, reviews, and other topical and collection-related information.

Searching the Library Catalog for Pre-Columbian Art topics

There are a number of library catalogs available to UCLA researchers. The best place to start is with the UCLA Library catalog.

If you would like to find a survey or exhibition catalog on geographical region or cultural group, you can search the library catalog by selecting the basic search option. Once you have the basic search screen in front of you, click on the dropdown box where you see the word keyword and select the "Subject List" option.

Examples of possible subject headings include:

Art - Place

Architecture - Place

Indian art - Place

Indian architecture - Place

Name of Groups

Name of Group + art form

Name of Group or Place - Subject

Name of art form - Place

Excavations (Archaeology) - Place

Subject - Place

Tips for Book Searching

When searching for books, there are a few useful starting strategies to keep in mind:

  1. While using the catalog to look for books is preferred, patrons wishing to browse the shelves may consult the Arts Library Quick Guide to Major Subject Areas for broad call number ranges.
  2. Searching a library catalog is different from searching Google or full text databases. The data provided is usually quite basic, including title, author, subject, and sometimes table of contents. You may need to broaden your search or try alternate keywords before finding books on a particular topic.
  3. Most library catalogs DO NOT contain articles or article indexing. Instead, they will tell you if the library has a subscription to a specific journal or magazine, and if this includes any electronic access. Use an article database to find specific journal articles.
  4. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to find other sources on the same topic. 
  5. Do a subject word (not just a keyword) search in a catalog. Artists, art genres and movements, and the titles of major works of art can also be used in a subject search. The Arts Library has print copies of Library of Congress subject headings available, and advanced researchers may also want to consult the LC Authorities catalog to locate subject headings on different topics.
  6. Due to major space restrictions in the Library, note that some materials may be located at the Southern Regional Library Facility, or SRLF. These can usually be requested via the UCLA Library Catalog, and are available by the next day for pickup at one of the UCLA Libraries.

Selected Online Books

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