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Art History: Books - PrattCat

This guide will help you with research related to art history. For thesis information, see the "Thesis Help" section of this guide.

Search for Books at the Pratt Libraries

 - PrattCat is the Pratt Libraries' online catalog.

 - Search for books, DVDs, holdings of journals & magazines (NOT ARTICLES), newspapers, MMS equipment, etc.

 - PrattCat allows you to use one interface to search for items at both campus libraries (Brooklyn and Manhattan).

 - If you would like to limit your search to a particular Pratt Library (the Manhattan or Brooklyn Library), you may do so at PrattCat's Advanced Search page.

Find a Book

Step 1:  Visit the Library Website @ 


Step 2:  Use the drop-down menu to select "title," (or "author," or "subject," whatever your criteria) and enter the title of the book or journal you want.  Then click "Search PrattCat".  


Step 3:  This record for this book says it's "available," which means I can go to the stacks and find it. 

So I write down the call number (198.9 K47E) and visit the Library Stacks. For assistance, you may refer to the Library Stacks Guide. 

Google Books Search

Google Books allows you to search across all pages of books, so it can help you identify useful titles for your research. Even though it allows you to search across the content of a book, it likely won't allow you to read the full text. Once you identify titles you'd like to pursue, you can check PrattCat and WorldCat to consider how to most conveniently access specific books. Librarians can help you during this process, so please don't hesitate to contact us with questions.

The views for titles in Google Books are based on copyright and the permissions allowed by the copyright owner of each title. If a book is no longer under copyright, and therefore within the public domain, the full view of the text will be available. Full-text results tend to be historical. Public domain books can be downloaded in EPUB and PDF format. If a publisher grants permission for it, limited views of content from more recent publications may be available.   

Get Research Help

Librarians at Pratt want to help you with your research :)  Here's how to contact us: 

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