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Fine Arts

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Getting Started
1. To search for BACKGROUND information, use Credo Reference , Gale Virtual Reference Library or Oxford Art Online .
2. To search for BOOKS and DVDS owned by Sage, use the Libraries Catalog.
3. To search for JOURNAL, MAGAZINE or NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, use Academic Search Elite or ProQuest, the Arts .
Find Journal Articles

The following databases are the most relevant for Fine Arts topics:

Academic Search Elite Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full text for more than 2,100 journals, including more than 1,700 peer-reviewed titles. It covers a wide variety of topics including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, history, and ethnic studies.

Art Full Text Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in periodicals.

Camio (art images) Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Catalog of art images online. About 95,000 art images - photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture.

Oxford Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

ProQuest, the Arts Restricted Resource Some full text available
A subset of ProQuest databases covering the arts.


The following databases might also be useful depending on your topic:

Art Journals Restricted Resource
Access to thousands of online journals covering a broad range of disciplines including art, architecture & applied arts.

Google Art Project Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Google has partinered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online.

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture Restricted Resource
More than 1,000 articles spanning the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome as well as eariler Minoan, Cycladic, Helladic (including Mycenaean) and Etruscan cultures.

My Modern Met Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of digital images.                                                                                                                                                            

Locating Journal Articles

Many of these databases, provide full text coverage. You will often see links that you can click on to connect directly to an article. Look for "PDF Full Text," "HTML Full Text" or "Linked Full Text" somewhere on the page. Examples are below:

 The Find Full Text symbol indicates that Sage may own the material, but it is housed in a different database or journal. Clicking this link will bring you to the article in full text, if owned by Sage.

If full text access is NOT available through the Sage databases, you may request the journal article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If you have a citation for a specific journal or newspaper article, click here for instructions to learn how to locate the article using the "Journals A-Z" portal.
Find Books

Search the Sage Libraries Catalog for books, eBooks and DVDs:

There are several ways to search the catalog with keyword searching the most basic. A keyword search is the default search option in the Libraries catalog. Use the catalog's "Advanced Search" to search by author, title, call number, ISBN number or subject. You may also limit your search to a specific library (Albany or Troy).

RESEARCH TIP: Use a thesaurus to find synonyms to expand your keyword searches.

To find the book on the shelf, you will need to know the library (Albany or Troy), shelving location (Main, New Books, etc.) and call number. This information can be found on the item record (see example below). If you find a book in the catalog but it is on the opposite campus, storage or otherwise inaccesible, use the "Place Hold" function to request the book.


All eBooks owned by Sage can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog. You may also search these eBooks collections separately. eBooks may be downloaded to an eReader device. See here for downloading instructions.


Not finding what you need?

Try searching WorldCat, a catalog of books, media and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage's Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) to borrow books from other libraries.
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Keyword Search Tips
  1. Consider adding one of these terms to your search terms: smooth shading, cross-hatching, internal lines, linear style.
  2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms for those concepts.
  3. Use "AND" to combine terms in your search, i.e. "wax casting and stone carving"
  4. Use "OR" to expand your results, i.e. "modelling in clay or wood carving"
  5. Use QUOTATION MARKS to delineate a group of words as a phrase, i.e. "lyrical abstraction"

For more search tips, see one of these tutorials:

Citing Sources
General Online Guides
Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site" (Little Seagull Handbook publisher)

Copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library.
Evaluating Websites
There are numerous websites and blogs available on the internet but some may not be accurate, creditable or useful for Fine Arts. Therefore, you should always carefully evaluate a source - no matter how reliable it seems to be - before using it for your research. Use a TRAP to evaluate materials for quality.

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Useful Websites
Artshow- Art lessons and tutorials for painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking.

Artsy- Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place.

The British Museum- Search for collections, research projects, and view art related blog entries from the British Museum.

The Huntington Library- Offers information on new research findings, exhibits, art related videos, and upcoming museum events.

Artists Network - Tutorials, galleries, tips, and how-tos for a variety of media.

The Louvre- This website contains new collection information, art history resources, as well as current events and news in the arts field. Some content can only be viewed in French.

The Smithsonian Archives of American Art- The mission of the archives is to collect, preserve, and make available the history and products of art in the United States.
Browsing Fine Arts Books
The Sage Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize its book collection. Fine Arts books can be found in the following sections:
AM1-(501) Museums. Collectors and Collecting
N Visual Arts
NB Sculpture
NB60-1115 History
NB1160-1195 Design and technique
NC1-1940 Drawing. Design. Illustration
NC50-266 History of drawing
NC730-758 Technique
NC845-915 Graphic art materials
NC950-(996) Illustrtation
ND25-3416 Painting
ND49-813 History
ND1288-1460 Special subjects (human figure, portraits, landscape painting, still life)
NE1-978 Printmaking and engraving
NE1000-1352 Wood engraving
NE1400-1879 Metal engraving
NE1940-2232.5 Etching and aquatint
NE2690 Engraving on glass