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Art and Art History

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

Where to start?

This guide will help you select resources for researching topics in art and visual culture. Use the main menu to find resources on specific topics. If you are beginning research on an unfamiliar topic, first consult reference sources – dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, etc. – for useful overviews and introductory information about an artist, artwork, art form, movement, or time period.

Overviews and bibliographies can be found in Oxford Art Online and the Met Museum's Timeline of Art History.

For art-specific questions, use Oxford Art Online, which includes the Grove Dictionary of Art.

For contextual information, including timelines, consult the Oxford Reference database.

Locating Books

SJSU is now part of a system wide catalog called OneSearch. You can search for books held here as well as the other CSU campuses. Try out this new catalog here:

For books in the City of San Jose Public Library Collection, which includes King and the 23 branches, search here:

Books are key resources for Art and Design Research. 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 description.

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Finding Your Book on the Shelf

Indexes for Art and Design journals

Use these databases to find journal articles on art and design topics.

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.