Research Guides


Listed below are resources that may be helpful in your art research in the reference area.

Encyclopedias  (Reference on the First Floor)

The Dictionary of Art (REF N31.D5 1996)
Encyclopedia of World Art (REF N31.E4833)
Great Artists of the Western World (REF N40.G77 1987)
Great Artists of the Western World II (REF N40.G774 1988)

Dictionaries (Reference on the First Floor)

Dictionary of Art and Artists (REF N31.M8 1966)
A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques (REF N33.M36)
The Oxford Dictionary of Art (REF N33.O93 1997) 

Additional Materials (Reference on the First Floor)

Contemporary Artists (REF N6490.C6567)
Dictionary of Women Artists (REF N8354.D53 1997)
The Graphic Works of the Impressionists (REF NE647.6.I4 G713)
A History of Far Eastern Art (REF N7260.L4)
The Story of Painting (REF ND450.B43 1994)
20,000 Years of World Painting (REF ND50.J28)

Additional Resources

Online Card Catalog

The RSC online card catalog is an index to the library’s books and audiovisual materials. You may search the catalog from any computer with Internet access. The online card catalog can be searched in a variety of ways most notably by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, and KEYWORD.

Examples of subject terms:

  • Hopi art
  • Women artists
  • Monet, Claude

American Craft
Art in America
Art News
School Arts

Online Periodicals

African Arts (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Art and Christianity (Literature Resource Center—InfoTrac)
Art Book 1997-2010 (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost) 
Art Bulletin (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost) 
Art history (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Art in America (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Art Monthly (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Arts and Activities (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Arts and Social Sciences Journal (SocINDEX with Full Text—EBSCOhost)
Arts Education Policy Review (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Ceramics, Art and Perception (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Craft Arts International (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Creativity 2001-2009 (MasterFile—EBSCOhost)
Critical Arts (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Cultural Trends (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Design for Arts in Education (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Design Issues (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
International Journal of Art & Design Education (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Journal of Visual Art Practice (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
New Criterion (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost) 
October (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
PloughShares (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
PsyArt: An Online Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts (Academic Search Complete)
Religion and the Arts (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)
Third Text (Academic Search Complete—EBSCOhost)

Online Databases

Before entering the RSC Online Databases from off-campus, you will need to activate your campus username and password. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Library, and we will assist you in getting on the network. After completing this process on campus, you will be able to utilize any of the databases from wherever you have Internet access. More complete instructions may be found on the online database page.

Humanities International Complete, MasterFILE Priemer, and Academic Search Elite databases within EBSCOhost will be most helpful for your art class.  


Although an unorganized resource, the Internet does contain valuable information.

For other ideas to find quality Internet sources, start your search at

Internet Public Library Arts & Humanities Section.