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E-Books for Visual Arts: WorldCat Online Catalog

Guide to the many E-Book resources available for art and architecture.

Examples of Art & Architecture items inside WorldCat

Rudolph, Paul, and Robert Bruegmann. Interview with Paul Rudolph. 2000. Internet resource.

The Bridgeman Art Library Archive. London: Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.

Adams, Ansel. Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans. New York: U.S. Camera, 1944.

Caroselli, Susan L, and Joseph Fronek. Italian Panel Painting of the Early Renaissance in the Collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 1994.

Architecture of the Pacific Northwest Database. Seattle, Wash.: Special Collections Division, University of Washington Libraries, 2006.

WorldCat Search

WorldCat is one of the best resources you can use to find e-books and other electronic and print items.  By conducting your search in WorldCat you are accessing over 10,000 library catalogs all at the same time!  Look for the "Find a copy online" section near the top of an item's record.

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