Art 1100: Introduction to Visual Arts

Welcome to the Art 1100 Class Guide

The Library has a number of resources available to help you complete your research presentation on your artist, including print and online works.

Getting Started

Books and online sources are a great place to begin your search. Click on the links in the gray menu to learn more about our various resources.

Finding Books

Search the Library's Catalog to find books about or written by your artist.

  • Author: Search by author for books written by your artist, e.g. Chuck Close
  • Subject: Search by subject for books written about your artist, e.g. Man Ray
  • Keyword: Search by keyword to find any books that mention your artist's name in the description of the book. This will give you the most results, but the results will not be as precise as an Author or Subject search.
  • 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


Reference Works

Online Encyclopedias

Print Encyclopedias

Online Resources

  • 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.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    The online version of the classic Encyclopedia Britannica that also includes web links, select articles and access to Webster's Dictionary.

  • Credo Reference
    A collection of hundreds of reference sources covering many subject areas
  • JSTOR
    Excellent source for credible scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Articles in database were published between the early 1700s and between 1-5 years ago.
  • News and Newspapers
    Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. 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.