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Research Guide for Illustration

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Find books, ebooks, periodicals, film and video collections (including streaming videos), Masters theses, artists' books, and much more. Note: This will take you to the library website.

How to find books about illustration

How to Find Books in the Decker Library Catalog:

Use Keywords:

  • Animated films
  • Artists' illustrated books
  • Artists' preparatory studies
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Cartooning
  • Cartoonists
  • Caricatures and Cartoons
  • Drawing
  • Drawing, Aboriginal Australian
  • Drawing, Abstract
  • Drawing--Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Drawing, Egyptian
  • Drawing fantasy art
  • Drawing, Italian
  • Drawing, Japanese
  • Drawing, Mexican
  • Drawing--Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • Drawing--Technique
  • Figurative drawing
  • Figurative painting
  • Graphic novels
  • Graphic arts
  • Illustrated books
  • Illustrated books, children's
  • Illustrators
  • Illustration of books
  • Manga
  • Perspective
  • Proportion (Art
  • Packaging--Designs
  • Food--Packaging--Designs
  • Stories without words
  • Underground comic books, strips, etc.
  • Wit and humor, pictorial
  • Zines

Call Numbers:

  • NC950-996 (Illustration)
  • NC 997-1003 (Commercial/Advertising art)
  • NC1300-1766 (Drawing, Illustration)
  • NC1800-1850 (Posters)
  • NC 1860-1896 (Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.)
  • PN6700-6790 (Graphic Novels, Comics)
  • PN6725-6728
  • PN1997.5 (Animated Films)
  • PZ (Children's books)
  • TR897.5 (Animation cinematography)
  • TT509 (Fashion Illustration)
  • TS 195-198.8 (Packaging)
  • Z 242.9-264.5 (Printing: as a business, layout, paper and ink, machinery, typography, desktop publishing, presswork)

How to find illustration books catalog

Finding books about illustration in the Decker Library Catalog. You can enter keywords in the search bar (suggested terms above). Additionally, you can enter the call number (suggested above) and browse. Lastly, you can do one of the established search limits located under the EVERYTHING menu.


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