Art and Design

How to Use This Research Guide

This guide is meant to assist you in getting started on your research or project.

Use the links below for more general information, or click on the  green  navigation tabs for more specific resources.

Below are some general art resources to get your started on your research...

General Art and Design Resources

Encyclopedias and Reference Manuals

Encyclopedias and reference manuals help you get started on your research. Here you can find general background information, definitions, and history on many art and design and concepts. Also use to find a topic for a paper or project.

Online Encyclopedias

Print Encyclopedias

Search for Books

Using the Primo search box below, search for books with information on this topic. Some good subject headings to get you started searching are:

  • Exhibitions
  • Pictorial Works
  • Art History


Location of Art books in the library

Recent Acquisitions (2nd floor) Browse the newest Exhibition Catalogs and published Art Books. Call no. ranges mostly subclass N (Fine Arts).
Oversize Books (3rd floor) Large "coffee table books" are full of images and include many catalogue raisonee Call no. ranges mostly subclass N (Fine Arts).
General Collection (3rd floor) Most in the "Ns" overlooking the "Fish Bowl" reading room. Call no. ranges mostly subclass N (Fine Arts).
Print Journals (1st floor) Most also available online.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Florence H. and Eugene E. Myers Trust, our library boasts a world-class collection of art resources. 

More Ways to Search for Books

Borrow Books from Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Finding Articles

Use databases to find academic articles to continue your research. Below are the most helpful databases for finding relevant articles for art and design topics.

Best Starting Database for Art


Art & Architecture Source allows precise searching on an artist's name


Other Databases to Try

Note: If you are looking for collections or databases of images, take a look at the Finding Images guide (follow hyperlink or find the green tab to the left). This will take you to the Images guide. Once on the guide, click the "Image Databases" tab. The first box you will see, "Art Images Databases" contains links to collections of various high-quality/high-definition images from museums and galleries around the world. 

Good Starting Journals for Art

The following are links to specific academic journals which are published and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. If you want to narrow your search to a specific time period or genre, finding a journal that publishes in that area can help. 

Historical Resources

These online and print resources covering various topics on art and art history can help you understand art and its times.



Historical Database and Newspaper Search


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Reference and Research Services,
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