Art Guide

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Welcome to the Art Research Guide.

Click on a below to find art-related books, videos, articles and websites.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

 

 

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library's book catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current library card to check out books.

I-Share

I-Share allows COD students to borrow books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries. You must have a current COD library card, and create an account to request books from an I-Share library.

Browse the Books!

Browsing the book collection can be a really useful way to find books and videos of interest.

Ask a Library staff member to show you where the "N" and "T" books are located.

N - general works of art
NA - works on architecture
NB - sculpting
NC - drawing
ND - painting
NE - print media
NK - decorative arts & ceramics
NX - special topics in art
TR - photography


E-book Collections

Most books in these collections can also be located and accessed by searching in the Library's book catalog.

  • Humanities (ACLS) E-book Collection
  • This resource includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Pages from this collection can be printed and emailed.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and indexes are a great way to start your research. Reference works provide an overview of the topic as well as background information. Learn about the lives of artists, the connections between artistic concepts, major influences in the art field, the various mediums and artistic traditions.

Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.

Finding Videos

Click on a link below to find videos on that topic. For more precise results, use the Library's catalog and search by entering specific search terms, such as versailles and palace.

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: http://www.codlrc.org/databases

 

Databases - Best Bets

Articles and Biography
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.

  • Academic OneFile
  • Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.

  • Art &Architecture Complete
    Articles from journals, magazines, and trade publications covering all aspects of the arts.
  • JSTOR
    Excellent source for credible scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Articles in database were published between the early 1700s and between 1-5 years ago.
  • Newspaper Source
    Provides selected full text for 23 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Times (London)and The Toronto Star. The database also contains selected full text from nearly 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News and The San Jose Mercury News.. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc.
    Good for searching for exhibition reviews and gallery shows.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Full-text of scholarly encyclopedia articles covering the visual arts. Links to images of artistic works and to selected Web sites.
Image Databases
  • Artstor
    The Artstor Digital Library provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

  • Berg Fashion Library
    The Berg Fashion Library includes reference materials on costume, textiles and the history of costume. This collection is valuable to a variety of disciplines such as Fashion, History, Anthropology, Textiles, Sociology, Theater and other disciplines that study the human experience.

  • CARLI Digital Collections
    This is the full collection of digital archives provided by the CARLI group. Here you will find images of art, architecture, historical documents and much more.

  • Camio
    About 95,000 art images—photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—plus audio, video and mixed media. Rights cleared for educational use only.

  • Digital Image Archive--Saskia
    The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images are displayed in both high resolution and thumbnail format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts, including Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th edition; Understanding Art, 7th edition; Art and Ideas, 10th edition; Discovering Art History, 4th edition.

  • Image Quest
    Image Quest has nearly three million rights-cleared images from 59 leading collections. These collections include the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and many other great collections. All images in this collection are rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use

Please note that no single website is comprehensive in covering all aspects of a field, particularly the wide-ranging field of Art. However, the websites listed below are some of the more important sites, and can serve as a starting point for further investigations. Note that many of the sites listed are directories that will point you to other related websites. If you go to another website, remember to evaluate it for credibility.

New!

Modernism in the City: Chicago Artists, 1920-1950
"This collection of artworks, selected over the past twenty years by Bernard Friedman, represents the artistic culture of Chicago from the 1920s to the 1940s. It was a culture graced with the iconoclastic liberty that life in the modern city afforded. Many of the artists in this collection were immigrants—Greeks, Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Spaniards, and Swedes. In Chicago they found a unique opportunity for artistic expression in a city revitalized through modernism. Yet they didn’t simply depict this revitalization—they helped shape it."

Architecture

Artist Websites

Check museum sites for images and information about individual artists.

  • Google Art Project
    "Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence."

  • Cellblock Visions
  • Outsider art from inmates in prisons.

  • Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters
  • Includes 902 letters from and to Van Gogh.

Arts & Crafts Movement

Book Arts

Ceramics

  • Ceramics Today
  • Articles as well as links to other ceramic sites. One of the most comprehensive websites on ceramics.

Design

  • Design Museum
  • Based in London, the Design Museum offers exhibits, educational projects and programs on contemporary design.

  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - Smithsonian
  • This is an Alpha release of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum's collection - images of 60% of the Museum's vast holdings are available on the web.

  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - Awards
  • Showcases the winners of the National Design Awards. Click here to see award categories.

  • Museum of Arts and Design
  • "The Museum of Arts and Design (“MAD”) explores the intersection of art, craft and design today...MAD focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital."

General Sites

  • Archives of American Art
  • "Since 1954, the Archives has collected roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, oral history interviews, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documents that support the study of the history of the visual arts in America."

  • Art Babble
  • Videos covering a wide range of art themes and mediums.

  • Art History Resources on the Web
  • A large collection of links to other sites.

  • Art Links on the Worldwide Web
  • Large collection of links to other sites.

  • Digital Art Museum
    The "Digital Art Museum is an online resource for the history and practice of digital fine art." This collection contains the work of over 30 artists in the digital fine arts, spanning nearly the past 60 years. Of note is information contained within the Artist, Timeline and Essays tabs located at the top of the page.

History

  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • "The Timeline of art history is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection."

  • Web Gallery of Art
  • "The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from 11th to 19th centuries."

Image Resource Websites

  • Google Art Project
    "Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence." Wikipedia.org
  • Web Gallery of Art
  • "The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from 11th to 19th centuries."

  • Library of Congress: Prints & Online Catalog
  • This collection include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings, and represents about 95% of the Library's holdings, over 1.2 million digitized images.

Museum Studies

  • Smithsonian - Museum Studies
  • Links to training programs in the U.S., lists of museum-related organizations and museum studies bibliographies.

Museum Websites

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Art Institute of Chicago's collection consists of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, European, American and Asian art, in a wide variety of mediums. Many collection images are available online.

  • British Museum Online Collections
  • Nearly one million images, many with explanatory text.
    How to search the database

  • Google Art Project
  • "Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence." Wikipedia.org

  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Browse Harvard University's collection of over 250,000 objects.

  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Founded in 1866, the Museum is located in New York City and is comprised of hundreds of art galleries with art from around the world.

    Photography

    Sculpture

    Technology Information

    • CAMEO: Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online
    • "...contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials."

    Textile Arts

    Video Art

    • Perpetual Art Machine
    • " Perpetual Art Machine is a community for video artists, curators, writers, theorists, educators, collectors, and enthusiasts...[and] an on line gallery and database of video art...[and] a traveling video installation."

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