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Kathryn Wright is the Art Subject Librarian.  She provides tailored research support for all Art majors and minors.  See contact information to the right.

If you're using MLA style, check out the guide from OWL at Purdue for help formatting your citations.  You can also bring your reference list to the Ask Jack desk, and a librarian will provide citation assistance.

College of Liberal Arts, Department of Art home page

Art Databases

ARTstor Digital Library
This resource provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Please reference the Terms and Conditions for information on how to responsibly use the images in this collection.  Please see this guide for instructions on how to navigate ARTstor.

Oxford Art Online — Provides online access to the entire text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art plus newly-commissioned articles. The database includes over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory through the present. Through an alliance with The Bridgeman Art Library, the database offers access to over 130,000 searchable images.

JSTOR
An online archive containing back issues of scholarly journals in many disciplines.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
Covers dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. It selectively covers Master's theses and Canadian, British, and other international dissertations. Most dissertations since 1997, along with some earlier dissertations, are available in full text.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 3,800, as well as full text for over 3,200 scholarly journals and general magazines.

Research Library (ProQuest)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters)
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
Provides online access to high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image and a description. Many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes.

Art Journals

Art journals in the University Libraries Catalog

Fine Arts journals available in full text through online databases

Art Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Libraries.  Before going to pull the item,  please check to make sure it is at your library. If the item in which you are interested is located at another Mercer University library, contact Circulation at (478) 301-2961.   Items not available in the University Libraries, may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Art books that are available for checkout from the Jack Tarver Library can be found on the 3rd floor in these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • N Visual arts
  • NA Architecture
  • NB Sculpture
  • NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
  • ND Painting
  • NE Print media
  • NK Decorative arts
  • NX Arts in general

These same call number designations can also be used to locate reference books on the 2nd floor in the reference section.

Art Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

Encyclopedia of world art Reference, N31 .E4833

Guide to the literature of art history 2 Reference, N380.M374 2005

Useful Art Web Sites

Google Art Project

From Google's Description:  The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners, we have created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share. With a team of Googlers working across many product areas we are able to harness the best of Google to power the Art Project experience. Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in but now many more can enjoy over 30 000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings and explore over 150 collections from 40 countries, all in one place. We’re also lucky at Google to have the technology to make this kind of project a reality.

ArtLex Art Dictionary
Struggling to find an art term, like celadon? Don't have time to run to the library to find the dictionary? Then take a look at this comprehensive site of art terms.  

Art History Resources on the Web
This site, compiled and maintained by an art history professor at Sweet Briar College, contains an extensive list of links to other sites, divided into categories according to time period. There are also categories for Museums and Galleries, and Prints and Photography.

Mother of All Art and Art History links page
Just what the title says. Find everything from research resources to Fine Arts schools and departments

Web Gallery of Art
"The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 17.300 reproductions. Commentaries on pictures, biographies of artists are available. Guided tours, free postcard and other services are provided for the visitors."

Artcyclopedia
Search by artists, images, movements and more.

Dictionary of Art Historians
This database is designed to give researchers a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history.

NYPL Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 520,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Archives of American Art
"Spanning the centuries since the founding of America to the present day, the collections of the Archives of American Art comprise the largest source in the world of primary source documentation on the visual arts in America. Contained in the over five thousand collections are letters, diaries, sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, business records, art periodicals, and other types of documents, totaling roughly fourteen million items. The collections, combined with approximately three thousand interviews done for AAA's oral history program, and nearly one thousand photographs in AAA's Photographs of Artists Collections, are an endless treasure trove of raw material for art historians and scholars in other fields to explore."

Artists' Book Collection
"This database is an illustrated, descriptive index to the Artists’ Book Collection, located in the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently, the Artists’ Book Collection contains over 800 titles. The database indexes approximately 760 of those titles, over 500 of which have one to four images to visually represent the structure and/or content of the book."

Beazley Archive
Sponsored by Oxford University, this archive includes images and textual resources from more than 20 archival databases, with specific focus on classical gems, pottery, antiquarian, and sculpture.

Perseus Digital Library
Digital library offering access to primary texts, secondary sources, site plans, digital images, and maps. Also includes word study tools as well as extensive art and archaeology catalogs.

Digital Image Collections List
Maintained by the University of Delaware this site provides an extensive listing of both freely available and institutionally owned digital image collections.

Women Artists Archives National Directory
An innovative web directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945.

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