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MetPublications: Five Decades of Publications from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Magazine article School Librarian

MetPublications: Five Decades of Publications from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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MetPublications: five decades of publications from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ('The Met') has put its considerable collection of 1,500 published books on to this site for free reading and/or downloading. Not all of these books are available in their entirety--if the book is still in print then the book is available as a preview in Google Books. The site is of most use to AL students, particularly for the History of Art modules.

In order to use the site fully you will need to have a Google account, and when you are logged in to Google you either use the box of little squares on the top right next to your profile picture or just search for Google Books in the search bar. Having this account will mean that your students can add any books to their collection to access later. Most students will already use a personalised version of Google, but they may not know about Google Books which is part of the suite that Google offers for free.

The webpage allows you to search for the books using the searchbox to the left of the page. You can put the authors name into the Keyword box, and it will come up with a list of books in which that author appears. Themes and Collections will allow you to search for books in a particular period of history or a style of art. The site is limited though--there are a lot of publications on early, Greek and Roman, Mediaeval Art and Islamic Art and so on, but not a lot on contemporary art although there are books on ceramics for instance which mention modern artists. …

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