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VIST 399: Capstone for Visual Studies Minors

Visual Studies 399: Capstone for Visual Studies Minors (Schoneveld) Fall 2019

Identifying Relevant Books

Use the Tripod Books and More catalog to look for relevant titles owned by Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore.

The following subject searches are a sampling of possibilities. To find materials on a topic, try doing a keyword search in the Tripod Catalog to find relevant materials and then use the subject headings assigned to those titles to find more books.

japan* ("visual culture" OR "art and society")     [Keyword Search]

art chinese  20th century   [Subject Search sorted for the newest publications first]

motion pictures  japan  history    [Subject Search]

photography artistic (china OR "east asia*")   [Subject Search]


Tripod    Connect from Bryn Mawr College     Icon     Icon  - For locating books, journals, and other materials held in the Tri-College libraries. Deliveries within the Trico usually arrive in one or two days. Use the "Request"  button

Worldcat  Connect from Bryn Mawr College     Icon     Icon An important place to look for many materials not owned by the Tri-College Libraries. This combined library catalog contains more than 300 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Many of these items are available to you though interlibrary loan.

EZ Borrow and Interlibrary Loan   Connect from Bryn Mawr College    Connect from Haverford College    Connect from Swarthmore College  Request items that are not available in Tripod on this page. Note that E-Z Borrow provides books in 3 to 5 days.  For books not in E-Z Borrow, request though Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Again materials may arrive in as little as 3 days.   For journal articles not in Tripod, request through Article Delivery.  They will be sent to you by email.

Tips for Searching

Subject Headings allow you to find relevant material grouped together including titles that do not use the keywords you may have been searching.

Finding subject headings:

Look at a book record in Tripod, check the subjects assigned to it, and choose whatever ones are relevant for your research.

Example: The Urban Environment and Art in Japan   Connect from Bryn Mawr College     Icon     Icon

By Setagaya Bijutsukan (1992).


  • Art, Japanese > Exhibitions.
  • Art, Modern > 20th century > Japan > Exhibitions.
  • Environment (Art) > Japan > Exhibitions.
  • Ruins in art > Exhibitions.
  • Tokyo (Japan) > In art > Exhibitions.

Subject search  Art, Japanese > Exhibitions. 68 results.

Refining subject searches

You can combine different concepts into a single subject search for precision.  The results are more focused than a keyword search.

But all the words have to be terminology used in library subject cataloging.

To ensure this, you can use subject headings you have already found.  Another option is to browse in the subject headings for more choices.                   

 Combination subject search:

 Subject:  (photog*) AND japan* AND (artistic OR aesthetic*) =  209 results