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Visual and Performing Arts: Find Books and eBooks

Library resources for the study of visual and performing arts.

Finding books and ebooks

The library's collection includes both print and electronic books (eBooks). Each can be found using the online catalog, but only eBooks can be accessed and read online. You can quickly evaluate the contents of a book by reading the introduction, the table of contents, and the index. Since a book is a work on a single topic, it may be longer and more in-depth than a typical journal article. 

Getting Books at WSU

How are books organized on the shelves?

The WSU library organizes print materials by subject and describes them using the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns each book or journal a unique call number: a letter followed by decimals and numbers. Items are then arranged on shelves with call numbers in alphanumeric order.  See how it works: 

For example the letter F is assigned to the History of the Americas and F 61 - F 75 is the number range for books about Massachusetts. Other numbers in the call number may relate to the author's name, the title, or the year of publication. So, for the book title History of Worcester, Massachusetts  the call number is F 74 .W9. 

Library of Congress Authorities

Library of Congress Authorities provides access to official subject terms, names, titles and other resources that may be useful for finding materials. 

WSU eBook Collections

Books from Other Libraries

If the WSU library doesn't have what you need, consider the following resources: 

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL):  Use the Interlibrary Loan Desk to borrow a book or article from another library. Your item will be emailed or delivered to the library, usually free of charge.  
  • WILL: Walk-in Interlibrary Loan program to visit and borrow books from participating Massachusetts Public Higher Education (MPHE) member libraries.
  • Academic and  Research Collaborative (ARC): Get an ARC card at the library's main desk to visit and borrow books from these Worcester Area ARC member libraries.
  • More Information and Links for Other Libraries

WorldCat  - a free database of resources at libraries worldwide. You can find titles you need in a regional library.