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Contemporary Arts of Africa

This guide provides an overview of research strategies to help find information on contemporary African art and artists.

Visual Arts Librarian

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Robert Gore
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Finding Books

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 an individual country, 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.

You can search countries by using examples like these:

art ghanaian

art south african

art surinamese

or, if you want to see if we have an exhibition catalog that covers the work of a particular artist, type in the artist's last name and first name:

e.g. Shonibare Yinka

Once you find a book you want to look at, note down the call number and go to look for it in the book stacks. This is what a call number looks like:
N 6498 I56 L66 2010.

If you are uncertain as to which floor the book is on, ask someone at the reference or circulation desk for help. 

If you are interested in browsing the shelves, the section between N 7380 and N 7399 includes many books that survey contemporary art in Africa. This section is on the 5th floor. The same section on the 2nd floor contains oversize books (large exhibition catalogs, etc.).

Connecting from Off-Campus: VPN and Proxy Tutorials

The Library's online subscription resources can always be accessed from computers and wireless networks on campus. However, off-campus access is restricted to current UCLA, students, faculty, and staff who have set up their computer using one of the methods below. Click on the other tabs to see how four Bruins got their computers set up and ready to go for remote access!

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