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Art and Visual Culture

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

Where to start?

Greetings!  This guide will help you in choosing resources for researching topics in Art and Visual Culture.  Please see the tabs on the left for resources on specific topics.  If you are beginning research on a new project, useful overviews and bibliographies can be found in Oxford Art Online and the Met Museum's Timeline of Art History.  

Course Reserves

Locating Books

SJSU is now part of a systemwide 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.

Indexes for Art and Design journals

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

General Humanities Databases

Additional databases for humanities 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.