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A Guide to Researching Collections in the Ackland Art Museum: Finding Books

Dish with Pronk Decoration

Japanese dish with two women holding an umbrella and feeding cranes. The rim of the dish is red and gold and the internal image is blue and red.

Dish with Pronk Decoration, Japanese, late 1730s; Porcelain with cobalt blue, rouge-de-fer, and gold decoration. 1 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gift of Richard D. Pardue in honor of Drs. Leena and Sheldon Peck, 2017.28.

Search the Collection

Search the University Libraries Catalog from the above link. Books can be found in the "Books & More" results section. Use books to collect background information and find general overviews of topics.

Finding Art Books

  • Select "Art Library" from the Location section of the Refine Your Search menu for the most relevant results.
  • To locate catalogs of art museum holdings, search the library catalog and/or Worldcat (to search beyond UNC) for the name of the museum and the subject keyword "catalogs".  For example: Ackland Art Museum -- Catalogs
  • You can also find museum publications by searching with the name of the museum in the Author field. For example: Ackland Art Museum (with drop down set to "in Author")

Hints for Searching

  • Try out lots of different search terms.
  • If the work's artist is unidentified, try searching the culture.
  • If the object doesn't have a title, try searching the material or type of work.
  • Search for books about the time period during which the object was created to find historical context.

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