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Library Materials

Library Catalog
Indicates the books, periodicals, government documents, and audiovisual materials the library owns.  To find the location of materials listed in the library catalog, see the Library Map . Also, for help with call numbers including an outline of call numbers by subject see the Guide to Library of Congress Call Numbers.

The Library Catalog cannot be used to find articles in magazines or journals, only which magazines and journals the library owns (Time, Newsweek, etc.).  See Journal and Magazine Articles below for locating articles.

eBooks (EBSCO eBook Collection)
A collection of more than 19,500 digital versions of books. In addition to being able to navigate through the contents of a book page by page, you have the ability to navigate using the Table of Contents, the Index, or to search the full text of the eBook. You can view the book for 15 minutes (no account needed) or checkout the book for 6 hours (requires creating a free account).

ACLS Humanities E-book
A collection of high-quality full-text books in all areas of history, including art history. These scholarly works are of major importance to historical studies which are frequently cited in the literature. Includes in-print, out-of-print, and rare titles. Included are over 1,200 books with 250 titles added annually covering the period of 1900 to present.

Journal and Magazine Articles

MLA International Bibliography (1926-present)
The premier index to scholarly publications of all kinds (books, articles, theses, etc.) in the field of literature. Use the button to determine if the library owns a particular book or journal article.

The complete, searchable, full text articles from over 1,000 core scholarly journals (every issue up to the last 1-5 years). Journals are divided into 47 disciplines including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, biological sciences, business, botany & ecology, economics, education, history, language & literature, law, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, and zoology.Date of Coverage: 1878 to "moving wall" (each journal has a "moving wall" of 1-5 years before the most recently published issue).

Electronic Reference Sources for Art

Art Cyclopedia
A comprehensive index of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. Update January/2006: have now indexed over 2,300 art sites , and offer over 95,000 links to an estimated 180,000 artworks by 8,200 renowned artists .

The place to buy, sell and research fine art online. The online Gallery Network is the largest of its kind, with over 1,800 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide, more than 100,000 100,000 by over 25,000 artists from around the globe. The Network serves dealers and art buyers alike by providing a survey of the market and its pricing trends, as well as the means to communicate instantly, inexpensively and globally.

World Wide Art Resources
The largest site for contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios, online since 1995.

Art Resources

CAMIO, the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a collection of images from leading art museums , and many of the works are accompanied by sound, video and curatorial notes. All content is rights-cleared for educational use, lectures, presentations, class projects, and research. All visual media are represented, with a particular strength in contemporary art. It includes images of visual art in all media. High-resolution images are included for each work of art. There are 95,000 works of art (and growing) covering the period of 3000 BC - the present.

American Memory
Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.


Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain materials not owned by Olson Library.  Materials such as books and periodical articles, among other sources, can be borrowed from other libraries.  The average time to receive requested materials is 1-2 weeks and you will be notified by email when your items arrive.  Consult the above link to submit a request and for further details.

Style Guide

Chicago Style Guide
This guide includes some of the more common examples for citing references as end notes or in bibliographies. Chicago style dictates that all references are indented and single-spaced . The examples are based on guidelines listed in the The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003) . This source is located in the Library's reference collection under the following call number: Ref Z 253 .U69 2003.

Need Further Assistance?

Stop by the Reference Desk for further assistance with any of these sources. 
You can also contact the Reference Desk through live chat or by phone at 227-2294.
You may also contact Krista E. Clumpner for assistance.





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