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ES 399: Race, Indigeneity and Contemporary Art

TIP: Using call numbers

Call numbers help libraries organize resources by subject or topic and locate them on a shelf. Many academic libraries use the Library of Congress system, which sorts items into categories that start with a letter and continue with numbers.


Here is an example of how to find a book by call number:


Design Library Stacks Floors 2-3 N6538.A4 C5361 2005


1. Design Library

This is the branch where the book is located. UO's Design Library is dedicated to architecture, art, and the histories of art and architecture. You can find books on art/architecture there. Most of these call numbers start with N (Fine Arts) or NA (Architecture), while some start with TR (Photography), TT (Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts).

2. Stacks Floors 2-3

This tells you that the book is in the stacks, somewhere on the 2nd or 3rd floor of the Design Library.

3. N6538

N tells you to find the section of the stacks that starts with the letter N and is somewhere in the 6500 range. This information is located on maps around the library and on the end of each aisle. Once you find the 6500 range, look for 6538. Then find the shelf/shelves where the labels on the book spines read N6538.A4.

4. N6538.A4 C5361

Continue reading the call number in left to right order, by section. Look for C5361.

5. 2005

Lastly, some books are republished, get new editions, etc. Use this publication date to double check if it is the version you want.


Getting Started

Here are some resources to help you get started with researching and writing about art and about race/ethnicity in art. These are just a small selection of what the library has to offer. For help finding more resources, contact your librarian.

Selected Online Resources

Did you know that your UO Libraries account gives you full access to the New York Times?

10 Queer Indigenous Artists on Where Their Inspirations Have Led Them

New Red Order: Artists With a Call to 'Give It Back'

'A Wound That Is On the Mend': Indigenous Art Today

Black Artists Say A.I. Shows Bias, With Algorithms Erasing Their History


Selected local Exhibitions, Collections, News

Black Artists of Oregon - Portland Art Museum - Sep 9, 2023 - Mar 17, 2024

Hip Hop Lives The Remix: An Ode To The Culture - The Black Gallery, Portland, Oregon - Showing through October 2023

Memory Work for Black Lives - Don't Shoot PDX / University of Oregon Libraries - Ongoing

Zig Jackson Photographs - University of Oregon, Special Collections and University Archives - Permanent collection

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation - Portland, Oregon

Portland Art Museum changes policy after Karuk mother speaks out - Oregon Public Broadcasting



Selected Library Books

Selected books on writing about art and reference works that provide quick facts or background information about art:
Selected books on race, ethnicity, and contemporary art:
Selected books by or about specific artists:


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