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Color: Finding books

Finding books in CIA's Gund Library

Use the library’s ONLINE CATALOG to search by SUBJECT or KEYWORD to find books about color.

There are many different aspects to color. To find items use the following terms when doing a SUBJECT search:

COLOR (for general or theoretical aspects or as related to painting)

COLOR GUIDES (such as color terms color sources)




COLOR VISION (like color perception or color sense)

COLORS (such as individual colors as well as general information about color)



To look up information about the use of specific colors in art, add the phrase “ in art” to the color and search as a SUBJECT. (Example: BLACK IN ART or  WHITE IN ART.)

There are two ways to spell color in the English language: "color" and "colour." When performing a KEYWORD search or using a book index or encyclopedias, you may have to look under both spellings.

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 color:

BF 789 .C7 – psychological aspects of color

ND 1486 - ND 1495 – color in painting

QC 494 - QC 1496.9 – scientific aspects of color

Newton's Color Disk No Spin, Colors Clearly Visible (source: Image Quest)