The SJSU Library uses the Library of Congress classification system to assign call numbers to books so that you can find them on the shelves.
Browsing for ceramics/pottery books can be a challenge! They may be in several different places in the Library. Most ceramics books will be found under NK. Many books on glazes will be under TP because they are about chemical processes. Technical aspects of pottery making may be found under TT. If you are looking for books about Native American pottery, such as Zuni or Moche pottery, you may find them under call numbers E or F (History of the Americas).
N Visual arts
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts (most Ceramics books are here)
NX Arts in general
TP Chemical technology (includes some Ceramics/Pottery, esp. glazes)
TT Handicrafts. Arts and crafts (Pottery)
Example: NK3780 .C663 2000 is the call number for the book:
Start with a reference database for an introduction to your topic.
Newspaper articles can be useful for locating reviews of exhibitions, artist interviews, and biographical information on artists.
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