1. Analyze your scene
Analyze your scene, keeping in mind the medium for each call number.
Example:  An opera set in Vienna in the 18th century; a palace interior bedroom:
  Where: Vienna
  When: 18th century
  What do I need? Images of bedrooms in palaces
  What is the tone (approach)? Royal, rich, luxurious

Where am I likely to find images?
Palaces or other expensive buildings (castles?) esp. interiors 
   (NA, architecture)
Paintings of Viennese upper class, maybe even portraits?
   (ND, painting)
2. Get some keywords
Look up the location in an art encyclopedia like Grove Art Online .  
  - Capital of Austria
  - Wien and Danube rivers and near the Alps & Carpathian mountains
  - Home to German kings, Holy Roman Emperors & Austrian emperors
  - Habsburg royal family made Vienna an important center of Baroque and Rococo
Create a list of keywords:
  Where: Vienna, Austria 
  When: 18th century, 1700s
  What is the tone (approach)? Royal, rich, luxurious, Baroque, Rococo
What do I need?  
   Images of royal/ noble / upper class bedrooms in palaces, homes of nobility, castles?
   (NA, architecture)
   Household objects of the Hapsburgs, kings, etc. such as furniture, boxes, jewelry, mirrors, etc.  
  (NK Decorative arts)
   Viennese nobility/royality 
  (ND, painting)
3. Do a keyword search in OBIS
Start simple:                     vienna and palace
Use wildcards for variants:   vienn* and palace*
   vienn* searches for Vienna, Viennese
   palace* searches for palace, palaces

Too few results? Use or to increase results:  (vienn* or austria*) and (18th century or 1700s)
Too many results? Use and to add another keyword:   vienn* and palace* and 18th century
Too many irrelevant titles?    "Modify/Limit Search" to the Location  "Art Library":

4. Get the call numbers
The most common call number should have the images you need. For instance, NA 1010 .V5 is the call number for Viennese architecture.  Even though some titles below are the wrong century you can browse for books about 18th century architecture within NA1010.V5
Call numbers by medium
N – Arts in general
NA – Architecture
NB – Sculpture
NC – Drawing
ND – Painting
NE – Printmaking
NK – Decorative arts (ex: household objects)
NX – Multimedia
SB – Gardens, landscape architecture
TR – Photography 
Finding images quickly
Flip through books in relevant call number sections.
Art Library call numbers group the collection by medium (NA for Architecture, ND for Painting, NC for Drawing, etc.).  For the cal number NA1010.V5:
     NA      Architecture
    1010    Architecture, Austria
     .V5      Architecture, Austria, Vienna
The 3rd line varies depending on the medium.  For architecture the third line is the city.  For painting the third line is the artist. 
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