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Color: Theory, Terminology, Science, and Symbolism: Intro

A resource guide exploring the many facets of color

Begin by browsing

Color in ...
Color in art
Color in art - exhibitions
Color in... (ebooks)

Color (Philosophy)

Browse the Shelves Virtually in these Areas

BF 789 (color psychology)

NA 2795 (color in architecture)

ND 1488 (color in art, color theory)

NK 1548 (color in design)

QC 494 (color science)

See the First Floor Map to locate these Call Number areas

Journal of Design History 
Vol 27 | no 3 | 2014

Special Issue: Colour and Design

Color in a New Light

A digital collection of historic books
on Color from 
Smithsonian Libraries

Books, magazines, dvds

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Search by KEYWORD

Most people begin searching the catalog by keyword.

TIP: *Use the asterisk to search variants of a truncated word.
 theor* searches for theory, theories
example: color theor*

Search by SUBJECT
Each book is assigned subject headings. Use the hyptertext links in an item's record to find other items catalogued under the same subject. Begin by scanning the catalog by subject to discover various facets of color:
example: color

Another great way to discover the treatment of color in different subject matter is to scan the catalog at the beginning of the subject heading, Color in _____
example: color in....

Locate magazines about color, Color - periodicals

Search by TITLE
Search by title when you know exactly what you're looking for-
example: Munsell Color system
                Color: a natural history of the palette

Search by AUTHOR
Authors are indexed alphabetically by last name > Type in the last name, then first name to locate a list of all titles written by a given author. example: Birren, Faber

A sample of 1st Floor Color Books

About the Librarian

Ellen Petraits

Research & Instruction Librarian
Coordinator of Graduate Library Instruction

Fleet Library @ RISD
Research & Instruction Department
1st Floor, Office 105
401 709-5905

 Ellen Petraits
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