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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.

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Terms to use when searching: the following terms apply to design and can be used when searching for books, journal articles, or images. Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design, Furniture Design, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Post Modernism.

Find images at the following sites:

ARTstor - - A digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. Images can be used for noncommercial educational and scholarly uses.

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.

Find general information describing art works and mediums:

Reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, or general art books.

Electronic Reference Sources
Go to this site and pick the subject for Art and Design. These sources are specifically geared towards art and design topics.

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 .

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

Countries and Their Cultures
Presents the cultural similarities within a country that set it apart from others by examining over 200 countries to document the myriad ways in which culture defines and separates the nations of the world as much as geographical borders do. Surveys each country's shared values, behaviors and cultural variations from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts, using a standard entry format for easy comparison. Provides illustrations, photographs and maps.


Find specific sources for formal analysis:

Type of material=books

Library Catalog
Search the NMU Olson Library catalog by Author/Title/Subject or Keyword to find records for books, periodicals, government documents, and audiovisual materials in a variety of formats (including online) held by NMU, LSSU, Finlandia University, and GCC libraries. You can not use this to find articles in magazines or journals, only which magazines and journals the library owns. Use one of the databases under "journal articles" for locating articles. Hint: When searching by topic, use "guided search" and set limit to NMU Olson Library.

If our library doesn't have the books you need, you should then search MelCat (the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog). You can request items from over 250 libraries in the state of Michigan. You will usually receive items requested through MelCat in about a week. Hint: this can not be used for journal articles at this time.

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.

Type of material=journal articles

This link will search multiple resources for articles on art, a wide range of popular topics, as well as biographical information. In one search you can select from the list of listed databases and search all at once. Or you may search individually, the following databases:

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).

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.

Need Further Assistance?

Stop by the Reference Desk for further assistance with any of these sources. 
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You may also contact Krista E. Clumpner for assistance.

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