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Use this guide to access library resources, including databases, books, academic journals, and textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and freely available online resources related to the subject of Art.

Library Databases

  • Full Text  - ensures that all results have full text available to read immediately
    • If Full Text is not selected, there will be more results, but many will need to be Requested by Interlibrary Loan from other libraries, which can take time
  • Scholarly/Peer Reviewed - ensures that all results were written by subject experts, and reviewed by other experts in the field for accuracy
  • Publication Date: Limit as needed - this ensures that only information published within a specific date range will appear

Search terms will vary based on research topics.  If you would like assistance with selecting search terms, please contact Library Staff or your Instructor.

Students can access the databases from home by logging in with their StarID & Password.


Arrowhead Library System - To access Creativebug, go to the Arrowhead Library System website and click the Creativebug icon to get started.

Creativebug Patron Login

If you are a patron at an Arrowhead Library System library, such as the Hibbing Public Library, you can log-in to Creativebug using your Public Library Card's barcode number

If you are not a patron at an Arrowhead Library System Library, you are welcome to apply for a library card at your local, ALS System public library.

Minnesota North College Library Books

Where to Look in the Library?

Libraries using Dewey Decimal Classification

  • Minnesota North - Hibbing Campus 
  • Minnesota North - Itasca Campus
  • Minnesota North - Mesabi Range - Virginia Campus

Libraries using Library of Congress Classification

  • Minnesota North - Rainy River Campus
  • Minnesota North - Vermilion Campus

A call number, also known as a classification number, is the numerical or alpha-numerical string of numbers and letters that libraries use to identify, organize, and find individual items on library shelves.

All print or paper copies of books in the library are assigned a call number, usually found on the book spine (this is often referred to as a spine label).

The call number represents what the book is about and acts like the book's address on the library's shelves, also known as stacks. Because books on the shelves are arranged in call number order, you will find books on similar subjects shelved near each other.

Spine Label Examples:

      Dewey Decimal                  Fiction                 Library of Congress

Dewey Decimal Spine Label Fiction Spine LabelLibrary of Congress Spine Label

The Dewey Decimal Classification System is a classification system by which libraries organize their Non-Fiction collections numerically by subject.  The system divides all knowledge into 9 basic subject classes, ranging numerically from 000-999. All Dewey Decimal call numbers are at least 3 digits long, and may be further extended by the use of decimal numbers. Each digit of a Dewey Decimal number signifies a level of subject specificity.

Dewey Decimal # 730-779

The entire 700s range of Dewey numbers is designated for the Arts, including painting, architecture, sculpture, photography, music, recreation, and sports. The 730-739 range is dedicated to works of sculpture; the 740-749 range is dedicated to the graphic and decorative arts; the 750-759 range is dedicated to painting and paintings; the 760-769 range is dedicated to printmaking and prints; and the 770-779 range is dedicated to photography, cinematography, videography, and computer art. If you wish to browse the library collection in search of a book about Art, this would be a good place to start, though it would be wise to note that this section is large, and if you are not comfortable with browsing the Dewey Decimal System, you may wish to ask the librarian for assistance in finding what you need.

The Library of Congress Classification System is a classification system by which libraries organize their Non-Fiction collections alpha-numerically by subject.  The system divides all knowledge into 21 basic classes, each identified by a single letter of the alphabet. Most of these alphabetical classes are further divided into more specific subclasses, identified by two-letter combinations. Following these alphabetical headings, each topic is assigned a single number or a span of numbers. Whole numbers used in LCC may range from one to four digits in length, and may be further extended by the use of decimal numbers.

Library of Congress # N

The N range of Library of Congress call numbers is designated for topics related to Art.  Within this range, each two-letter class focuses on a specific topic:

  • N1-9211 - Visual arts
  • NA - 2599.5-2599.9 Architectural criticism
  • NB - Sculpture
  • NC - Drawing. Design. Illustration
  • ND - Painting
  • NE - 218-(330) Engraved portraits. Self-portraits
  • NH - Photography (LCC Extension)
  • NK - 3600-(9990) Other arts and art industries
  • NX - Arts in general

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