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ART 202: Prof. Guest's Patronage Project: Tips for searching SearchAll

Finding Books

Use SearchAll, our online Library Catalog, to locate books for your project.

You can use the SearchAll box on the Library homepage at

In the SearchAll box, enter your search terms and select Books and Media from the drop down menu. Ex. Global Warming.


The results list will display the books we own on the subject. The Call Number tells you where the book may be found on the shelves. In our Library, Call Numbers that start A-N are on the Second Floor while those starting P-Z are on the Third Floor.

First locate the range of books with the first two letters of the Call Number then the whole number that follows.

For instance, to locate the first book on this results list below, find the range of books that start with the letters PS.

Next, look for the books with the whole number 3511 after the PS.

After that, look for the books with .I9 after PS 3511.

Finally, follow the remaining letters and numbers in the Call Number until you have the exact book you want.

Always click on the Availability link to make sure the book is on the shelves and not checked out to another user.

Once you have found the books you need, take them downstairs to the Checkout Desk. With your NCC ID you may borrow the books.

Searching for a Time Period

The patronage project requires you to write about the time period in which your chosen artist/patron lived

For example: if I was interested in writing about Pablo Picasso, I would research his life. Then I might gather information on Spain, since that is where Picasso was born. However, just searching SearchAll (select Books and Media) for "Spain" or "Spain history" will give you numerous results.

Try to be specific when you search, even if you don't know the exact years of the time period. You may be searching for a particular event in Spain's history- such as "Spain history war" and remember to Refine Your Results with applicable filters like material type, availability and more.

You could also search using the exact dates, if you have them available. Using any of the following search terms would yield excellent results for information about Spain's history and Pablo Picasso.

"Picasso war"

"Spain civil war 1936-1939"

 "Picasso, Pablo. 1881-1973. Guernica "

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