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Social Practice in Art & Design: Finding books

The online catalog

The Gund Library's catalog is part of a shared catalog with CWRU and CIM. After you get the results to your search, if you want to know only what is in the Gund Library, you will need to modify the search to limit your results to CIA's library. 

CIA patrons may borrow books from the CWRU and CIM libraries.

Cleveland Public Library

As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you are eligible for a Cleveland Public Library card. The CPL provides access to many materials that could be useful for your research. In addition to materials like books or DVDs, CPL provides access to digital resources that complement the resources the Institute's library provides.  Please visit a CPL branch to sign up for a card or sign up for an eCard today.

Useful subject headings

You will often have to translate the concepts you are looking for into the subject words and phrases used in library catalogs and indexes. For the CIA library catalog, the following SUBJECTS are most useful:

ART AND SOCIETY

ART AND STATE

ART -- POLITICAL ASPECTS

ARTISTIC COLLABORATION

ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY

CULTURAL PLURALISM IN ART

COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS

FEMINISM AND ART

GRAPHIC ARTS -- SOCIAL ASPECTS

GROUP WORK IN ART

DESIGN -- SOCIAL ASPECTS

POLITICS IN ART

RADICALISM IN ART

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN ART

SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN ART

STREET ART

The main subject terms are often subdivided by sub-topics, place, and/or time period (to limit a concept or to focus more closely on a specific topic); for example: ART AND SOCIETY -- UNITED STATES -- HISTORY -- 21ST CENTURY or ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY -- UNITED STATES. There are MANY other subjects that may be useful beyond these.

Can’t find anything? Are the items you want unavailable? Check the OhioLINK Catalog and request that books be sent to the CIA Library for your use.

You will need your library account number to request OhioLINK books. If you don't know your account number, we can get that for you. You can find out how to contact us on the home page of this guide.

Call numbers for browsing

If you prefer to browse, you can look in these areas for books on the following topics:

N 72 .S6  Visual arts -- Society. Culture. Popular culture

N 8243 .S65  Visual art -- Social problems

ebooks

When you are searching the library's catalog, you may see that we offer a variety of ebooks. If you need any help using ebooks, please do not hesitate to contact the library staff!