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Art resources at UML and on the web.
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Book Sources

  • Library Catalog
    Sign in to borrow books not owned at UML.
    Put Phrases in quotes.
    e.g. "school choice" "law and legislation"
  • ebrary Library
    Click on the Bookshelf tab and sign in. Search ebrary's 100,000 online books and save the ones you want in your bookshelf. Put phrases in quotes. SAMPLE: "brain injury" and rehabilitation
  • Ebsco eBook Collection
    Search within the full text of 3000 books.
    Enter phrases in quotes. e.g. "color techniques"
    Use the boolean AND between terms.

Other Sources for Art Books

  • Digital Public Library of America
    Explore 11,339,564 items from libraries, archives, and museums: still images, moving images, text, and sound recordings. Terms of use depend on contributor.
  • Getty Research Portal
    The Getty Research Portalâ„¢ is an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields. The Portal is free to all users.
  • Guggenheim Archive
    A collection of over 100 titles of art books and catalog of art exhibits.
  • Google Books
    Provides excepts from thousands of copyrighted books and full text of books in the public domain. Use quotes for multiword phrases.
    e.g. "Leonardo da Vinci" "mona lisa"
  • Safari Technical Books
    Good source for books on desktop publishing, graphic software as well as website development.
  • Web Style Guide

Individual Databases for Journal Articles in Art

See also the Dictionaries tab for reference works

SAMPLE SEARCH: "leonardo da vinci" and "mona lisa" and painting


MulltiDatabase Discovery Search

Hints:   Use AND between different terms
             Use OR between terms with similar meaning
             Use * to retrieve all words with that root.

Quick tips for searching the Discovery Database

EBSCO Discovery
Limit Your Results

Digital Humanities Research Tools

  • Digital Research Tools Directory
    The DiRT Directory makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to image processing, to statistical image analysis, to mindmapping software.
  • dh+lib
    This portal showcases current digital humanities research projects, including several in music. Try out demos and get ideas. dh+lib "aims to provide a communal space where librarians, archivists, LIS graduate students, and information specialists of all stripes can contribute to a conversation about digital humanities and libraries."

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Google Search

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Use advanced search strategies in Google Search

Questions to think about:
1. What is the authority behind the information?
2. What is the purpose of the information?
3. How biased or neutral is the information?
4. Can the information be verified from other sources?


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