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Research Guides | Library | Amherst College

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Finding Books at Amherst and in the Five Colleges

Use the Books & Media tab on the Library homepage to search for books.

You can also search across all of the Five Colleges, and use the Request Item feature to have something delivered to Amherst.

Tip: Using Subject Headings

The Library Catalog uses Library of Congress subject headings that can also help you identify illustrated books on a desired subject.

One subject heading construction is in the form of "X in art" -- for example,
     • “birds in art”
     • “food in art”
     • “saints in art”
     • “gardens in art”
Try seeing if your topic might exist in this subject form.  Put your search in quotation marks to search as a phrase.

 Another subject heading construction incorporates an ending of "pictorial works." For example,
     • Birds--pictorial works
Enter [your term] AND "pictorial works” in the Advanced Search as keywords, or try the same search in Subject keyword fields.