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Art and Design Resources   Tags: architecture, art, artists, design, image, images, subject_guide  

This guide will help you identify the resources you need to search for your art or design topic.
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Museum Tickets

Our library partner, the San Jose Public Library, offers a service called Discover and Go that allows you to download and print free or discount passes to several bay area museums, including the San Jose Museum of Art.  You will need to log in to this service with your SJPL library card number and PIN.  There are a reserved number of tickets available per day, so be sure to log in to the service before the day you wish to go to a venue. 


Locating Books

Books are key resources for Art and Design Research.  The Library Catalog will help you identify the location of books on your topic.  As you search, keep in mind that the catalog records for books are very brief.  If you are seeking books that will contain lots of images, look for titles with "exhibition catalogue" or catalogue raisonne" as part of the record.


More Books

You can search catalogs beyond the King Library database to find more books.  Link+ and WorldCAT will broaden your search to show you what other materials exist on the artist you are researching.  With Link+, you can initiate a request online to borrow items.  If you locate items of interest in WorldCAT, you will need to place a request through Interlibrary Services.

Link+ is a borrowing program among many California academic and public libraries — see Link+ Member Libraries. Link+ lets you request items from another library that are not available at the King Library or San José Public Library (SJPL) Branches.

WorldCAT  This is an international database that provides location information for books and serials. 


Research Tools

  • Refworks
    This is a web-based bibliographic manager that will help you organize your citations and export them in a specific format.

Where to start?

Greetings!  This guide will help you in choosing resources for researching topics in Art and Design.  Please also see the tabs in the line above for resources on more specific topics.  For many topics, useful overviews appear in Oxford Art Online and the Met Museum's Timeline of Art History.  

All of the Library's databases are listed at this link:


Indexes for Art and Design journals

These databases access the journal literature for Art and Design.

General Humanities Databases

Additional databases for humanities topics:


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Newspaper Articles

Newspaper articles can be useful for locating reviews of exhibitions, artist interviews, and biographical information on artists.   You will need to use a variety of databases for complete coverage of newspaper articles. 


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