Here you will find useful books, links, and resources to complete assignments and conduct research. This guide is a good way to get started with your research. If you have more questions or need additional help, just ask! There are librarians available to help you find answers.
Here are some helpful tips:
Books in the RISD Fleet Library are organized by topic using Library of Congress classification system. Printmaking is under the letters NE. You can browse the collection digitally by clicking on this link. If you are interested in browsing the shelves, you can use this map and these call number ranges as a guide:
NE 1-3002 Print Media
NE 1-978 Printmaking and engraving
NE 1-90 General
NE 218-(330) Engraved portraits Self-portraits
NE 380 Conservation and restoration of prints
NE 390-395 Collected works
NE 400-773 History of printmaking
NE 830-898 General works
NE 951-962 Special subjects
NE 965-965.3 Tradesmen's cards
NE 970-973 Study and teaching
NE 975-975.4 Competitions
NE 977-978 Equipment
NE 1000-1352 Wood engraving
NE 1000-1027 General
NE 1030-1196.3 History
NE 1220-1233 General works
NE1310-1326.5 Japanese prints
NE 1330-1336 Linoleum block prints
NE 1340 Fish prints
NE 1344-1345 Potato prints
NE 1350-1352 Other materials used in relief printing
NE 1400-1879 Metal engraving
NE 1400-1422 General
NE 1620-1630 General works
NE 1634-1749 History
NE 1750-1775 Copper engraving
NE 1850-1879 Color prints
NE1940-2232.5 Etching and aquatint
NE 1940-1975 General
NE 2120-2140 General works
NE 2141-2149 Special subjects
NE 2220-2225 Dry point
NE 2236-2240.6 Serigraphy
NE 2242-2246 Monotype (Printmaking)
NE 2250-2570 Lithography
NE 2685-2685.8 Lumiprints
NE 2690 Engraving on glass
NE 2800-2880 Printing of engravings
NE 3000-3002 Copying art. Copying machine art
Suggested SUBJECT searches:
As you search for information on your topic you will develop your own vocabulary and terms related your topic. Keeping track of searches that worked well or creating lists of synonyms for your keywords can be very helpful.
Whether you are searching on the library Catalog or in Fleet Search, searches will default to Keyword searches.
A Keyword search looks for words anywhere in the title, summary, or metadata of an item. Keyword searches are a good substitute for a subject search when you do not know the standard subject heading. Keyword may also be used as a substitute for a title or author search when you have incomplete title or author information.
This search looks for the name of the artist, author, editor, or translator of an item. It can be helpful to think of the artist as the author of his/her/their own work.
A subject search is more specific than a keyword search. Subject headings are a predetermined list of possible terms, which reflect the content of the item. Most academic libraries use Library of Congress Subject Headings. Subject headings are not always intuitive.
This search looks for the exact words you entered as the title of an item. If you don't know the exact title, try using a Keyword Search instead.
Thesis books are deposited at Fleet Library at the end of each graduate student's time at RISD. Most recent theses can be browsed freely in the library's mezzanine-level Grad Thesis area; older and more delicate work is housed in Archives and can be viewed by appointment.
Many of RISD's recent Graduate Theses are available to view and download online on RISD's Digital Commons.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library service that allows the Fleet Library to "check out" materials from other libraries. If we don't have something you need, request it and we'll notify you when it's available.
Through ILL you can request:
Sign into the Interlibrary Loan portal here with your RISD account.
You can also request items from within Fleet Search (look for the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" option).
This is handy because it will pre-fill the item request form for you.
Step 1: Visit the library homepage and click "My Account" in the top right corner.
Step 2: Follow the instructions on the screen to log in.
Step 3: Click "# Items currently checked out" and click "Renew All" or select the items you'd like to renew.
RISD faculty, staff, and students have access to and borrowing privileges at Brown Libraries. You must have a current RISD ID for access. Be sure your account is active with RISD's Fleet Library.
RISD students, staff and faculty may visit Brown's libraries daily until 10:00 PM. RISD community members will need to sign-in at the Circulation Desk.
RISD community members can only access Brown's Databases on-site. You can search and download from Brown's databases using their public computers. The public computers are on the 2nd floor of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. If you have questions ask at the Circulation Desk for help. Please note: Brown's e-resources (databases and ebooks) are temporarily NOT accessible to us. Contact Fleet Library for more info and please make use of Interlibrary Loan.
RISD community members can borrow up to 5 books for 4 weeks.
Unfortunately, RISD print cards don't work at Brown. However, Brown uses a print card system similar to RISD's. You'll need to purchase a Brown print card to use with their system. You can purchase print cards at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library or Sciences Library.
Brown has subject librarians who have advanced education and experience in a particular subject or academic discipline. If you find that your area of research is very specific and you are having trouble find information or resources you can contact a subject librarian and make a research appointment.