Subject Guide: Studio Art
The Library's Subject Guides help you find resources that are specialized for certain areas of study. There are many other resources available which provide generalized information--not specific to one topic or area. To see more of these general resources, see the Subject Guide: General page.Fine Arts Liaison - Lareese Hall
The library is organized by Library of Congress Classification - fascinating stuff, espeicially if you are a librarian. As someone interested in the arts these are the primary classifications you will care about - N and TR which are "fine arts" and "photography" respectively. Why photography is not in the fine arts is worthy of discussion...
You can search by title, author, keyword, subject, or journal title. The information you find as you do your research will lead you to additional keywords and subject headings. Remember to look at the subject headings for the things you find that are useful - that will give you specific search terms to use as you continue with your research.
- AND (fewer results) / OR (expanded results) / NOT (eliminates words)
- * truncation symbol (type in the first part of a word (like art*) and the system will search for any word that starts with those letters - artist, artwork, arts, artists, artisan, etc. - Magic!
- Use "quotation marks" to search for a specific phrase
- Use the "Modify Search" button to perform an advanced search (to weed out materials you don't want).
- A specific topic (ex. "fashion photography" or "punk culture")
- A topic, narrowed geographically (ex. Art China)
- A person's name (ex. Kahlo, Frida)
Keyword Search Options
Think of all the variations for words...
Use this type of search (i.e.feature films, motion pictures mexico) for quick thematic searches (this type of search will also pull up videos). Follow the breadcrumbs inside of a catalog record - click on the subject headings listed to find additional resources with the same subject.
Reference books provide background information on a people, terms and concepts.
- Grove Art Online
The best place to start; articles on thousands of artists, countries, and media.
Print version: The Dictionary of ArtN31 .D5 1996
- Oxford Reference Books Online: Art Section
Online access to six of Oxford's art reference books.
- Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms N33 .L75 2004
- Atlas of World Art N5300 .A85 2004
- Contemporary Artists N6490 .C6567 2002
- Dictionary of Women Artists N8354 .D53 1997
- Encyclopedia of Sculpture NB198 .E53 2004
- The Design Encyclopedia NK1370 .B93 2004
- International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture NA40 .I48 1993
- Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture NA680 .E495 2004
- Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture NA31 .B83 1998
- The Photography Encyclopedia TR9 .M39 1999
- Encyclopedia of 20th Century Photography TR642 .E5 2006
- Contemporary Photographers TR139 .C664 1995
- Article & Book Databases:
Art Full Text
Index, abstracts, and full text for articles in art.
- Arts and Humanities Citation Index Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information and cited references found in nearly 1,130 of the world's leading arts & humanities journals.
Contemporary Artists Index
A free web database from the Cleveland Institute of Art that indicates publications containing information on individual contemporary artists.
- Architecture E-Books E-books from OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center (EBC).
Index to 19th-Century Art Periodicals
Indexes art periodicals that were published in the United States during the 19th century on diverse art topics. No full text.
Historical full text (up to last 5 years) for 32 art history journals.
For more detailed instructions on how to use JSTOR, see this handout.
- Project Muse
Project Muse is online archive of 400 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 100 scholarly publishers.
- Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
The ULAN contains almost 300,000 artist names and assocatied information. This resource is especially helpfulfor determining if multiple names belong to the same person and for finding brief biographical information on lesser known artists.
Images only; a collection of over 300,000 images from museums and cultural sites all over the world. Click on "Search and browse for images" (lower left side) to begin.
Art & Architecture Digital Media
Access more than 60,000 art and architecture images.
Digital Video Collection:
Access digital videos from Films for the Humanities. Many films on various periods and themes in Art History; also, films on modern artists and techniques.
- VADS the online resource for visual arts
The Visual Arts Data Service is based at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design at University College in Farnham, Great Britain. The services offered include a searchable catalog of image collections and other collections. Subject areas include fine arts, design, architecture, applied arts, history and theory, media, museum studies and conservation, and professional practice
Here are a few web sites we think you might find useful:
A searchable directory of web sites about artists and major art movements.
- The Art History Research Centre
A collection of web resources for the art historian. Includes a section on proper citation of research materials.
Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
- National Gallery of Art
"Exploring Themes in American Art" provides background information on recurring themes such as still life, abstraction, and portaiture.
- Art History Resources on the Web
A directory of global art history information on the web, compiled by Dr. Chris Witcombe, professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College.
Lists artists currently being represented in galleries around the world, with photos of artwork for sale. A good resource for researching contemporary artists.
- Walker Channel Archives
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN has made much of its programming available online. Look here for Lectures, Artist Talks, Interviews and Discussions with contemporary artists.
- The ArchitectureWeek Great Buildings Collection
Search world architecture by architect, building, or place.