The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, pamphlets and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. It is helpful to know the Dewey Decimal Classification numbers for art.
700s The Arts 740 Drawing
709 Art History 750 Painting
720 Architecture 760 Prints
730 Sculpture 770 Photography
Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).
To find information about a person, use the Subject tab and type the person’s name (last name, first).
To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.
Examples of subject headings:
Check related subjects too:
To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select from the drop down menu title browse, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').
To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Gardner, Helen'.
Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search. You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu. Another option is to search by ISBN.
To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., Greek OR Greece), or as a phrase (e.g., pop art).
Examples of combined searches:
Search for: greece greek
Search for: pop art [
Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as Art History. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.
- Atlas of Western Art History REF 700.223 S 1
- The Bulfinch Guide to Art History REF 703 B 3
- Dictionary of the Arts: Movements, Terms, People REF 703 D 1
- The Dictionary of Art REF 703 D 2
- Encyclopedia of World Art REF 703 E 1
- McGraw Hill Dictionary of Art REF 703 M 4
- The Oxford Companion to Western Art REF 703 O 1-3
- Art : the World of Art, From Aboriginal to American Pop, Renaissance Masters to Postmodernism REF 709 A 8
- The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture REF 709.38 G 1
- Start by selecting Databases by Subject and clicking on the "Art and Music" category.
- ArtStor More than 300,000 digital images covering many time periods and cultures. Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design.
- Oxford Art Online Reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990s.
- JStor JSTOR Arts & Sciences III is a full text database focused on the arts and humanities. It includes titles from language, literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture. Journal titles include:
American Art, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Leonardo, Master Drawings, Metropolitan Museum Journal, Oxford Art Journal, etc.
Use Advanced Search option to limit by discipline.. choose Art and Art History
- Proquest click on the link "Databases Selected", clear all databases, then select: Arts Module. In the Advanced Search (more options section) you may want to select "document type" arts/exhibits review. Titles include. American Artist, Art in America, Art Journal, Art Forum, etc.
- Biography in Context This database includes biographical articles from reference books and periodicals. Search by artist name or use biographical facts search and select occupation - artist, painter, sculptor, etc.
Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site www.ipl.org or see recommended websites below.
- Art History Resources on the Web
- Exploring Themes in American Art
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- National Gallery of Art
- The Artchive
last updated: 11/18/2010 by P. Johnson revision #2