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African Art: a Guide to Resources: Books

This guide serves as a starting point for researching African Art in the MSU Libraries.

Finding Books

To find books in the MSU Libraries (including the Fine Arts Library), use the MSU Libraries' online catalog (

You can search by KEYWORD for a topic, such as "Ethiopian art", or you can use an LC SUBJECT search (Library of Congress terminology) by typing in correct subject headings. The following are sample LC SUBJECT searches:

sculpture, African
bronzes, nigerian

Reference Sources

The following list of books will provide background information, lists of additional sources, biographical facts, and other useful information on African art and artists. All items listed are located in the art reference section of the Fine Arts Library.

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Terrie Wilson
Humanities Coordinator and Head, Art Library
Michigan State University