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ARTH 26711: Florentine Topographies: Art, Architecture and Urban Life in the Renaissance City

A research guide for students in Niall Atkinson's course (Spring 2012)


Interlibrary Loan

If you would like to obtain an item not owned by the Library, you can request what you need through the Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

Interlibrary loan is free and there is no limit to the amount of materials you request. Most items are delivered directly to the Library and held for you at the circulation desk. Articles and book chapters may be sent to you through e-mail.

You can request items though interlibrary loan in three ways:

  1. When you locate an item you want to in an electronic resource, select the Find It! icon to place an interlibrary loan request. Find It! will fill out the form for you.
  2. Logging into your interlibrary loan account.
    You can log into your Intelibrary Loan Account to place requests, view or change oustanding request, and manage your account.
  3. E-mail
    For complicated requests, you can also contact interlibrary loan by e-mail at

More information is available on the Interlibrary Loan FAQs.

Finding Books Using Subject Headings

Library of Congress subject headings are a helpful way to browse an alphabetical list of subjects that are further subdivided geographically, by time period, etc. Parentheses and capitaization aren't necessary.

Using the Library Catalog:

To find books on your subject, use the BROWSE index and select "SUBJECT" from the drop-down menu.

Some sample searches:

City as a subject:

Florence (Italy)--buildings, structures, etc.
Florence (Italy)--history
Florence (Italy)--politics and government
Florence (Italy)--social life and customs

Building as a subject:

Santa Maria Fiore (Cathedral: Florence, Italy)

Topical Subjects

Some topics, events and groups of people, or individuals, may have their own subject headings.

city planning--Italy--Florence
marriage customs and rites--Italy--Florence
artists and patrons--Italy--Florence


(last name first name)

Vasari, Georgio



Using the Library Catalog:

The Library Catalog has an Advanced Search feature.  Select the  "advanced search" and change the filed to "subject." These terms do not need to be in a set order. Results will be by default organized by relevence; you can swtich the list to newest first or oldest first.

For example:

  • florence city planning
  • brunelleschi criticism (add publication date facet limit; language facet limit)

Subject Guide

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Nancy Spiegel
Bibliographer for Art and Cinema
Bibliographer for History
Regenstein Library Room 463