Here are some resources & tips that will help you with your “paperless paper”.
Tips: Keep in mind that our collection is particularly strong in Christian art. Be flexible about your topic. Don’t choose your work until you search–the more information there is about your topic, the easier the research will be.
Internet vs. non-Internet: I’ve had quite a few questions about what Professor Garfield means when he says “no internet sources”. Library resources (including those online) ARE acceptable. You’re just not supposed to “Google” your topic–the good stuff isn’t free online anyway! The library pays for the resources I suggest here (actually thanks to your tuition!), so take advantage of them!
Charles C. Myers Library has hundreds of books related to art. Below is a small sampling. Most art materials are in the N call number range, which is on the 3rd floor of the library.
Where to start: Reference Materials (1st floor)
*Not available for check-out. Use in the library; take notes/make photocopies as needed*
Search in these books for a general topic, such as Christian art or Roman art:
Encyclopedia of World Art. Ref N 31 .E4833 1959 v. 1-10
Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane. The Dictionary of Christian Art. Continuum, 1994. Ref BV 150 .A66 1994
Arnold, Dieter. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Princeton University Press, c2003. Ref NA 215 .A7513 2003
Janson, H. W. (Horst Woldemar). Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition. Pearson Prentice Hall, c2007. Ref N 5300 .J3 2007
Turner, Jane. The Dictionary of Art. Grove, 1996. Ref N 31 .D5 1996 v.1-34
Vaughan, William. Encyclopedia of Artists. Oxford University Press, c2000.
Ref N 31 .E53 2000 v.1-6
Next step: Other art books (3rd floor)
*Available for check-out*
Search the library catalog for particular artists or topics, such as Byzantine icons, at www.dbq.edu/library (Find Books and Media search box). Here are some examples of books we have:
Belting, Hans. The image and its public in the Middle Ages : form and function of early paintings of the Passion. A.D. Caratzas, c1990. N8189.3.J47 B413 1990
Evans, Helen C. The glory of Byzantium: art and culture of the Middle Byzantine era, A.D. 843-1261. Metropolitan Museum of Art: c1997. folio N 6250 .G55 1997
Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s art through the ages: a concise history of Western art. Thomson/Wadsworth, c2008. N 5300 .G25 2008
Lloyd, Seton. Ancient architecture. Electa Architecture, c2004. NA 212 .L58 2004
Málek, Jaromír. Egypt: 4000 years of art. Phaidon, 2003. N 5350 .M243 2003
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art history. Pearson Education, 2008. N 5300 .S923 2008
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art: a brief history. Pearson Prentice Hall, c2007. N 5300 .S923 2007
Next–get specific: Article databases
*Again, these are acceptable even though they are accessed online because they are library resources your tuition paid for.*
Choose a work that appears in several books. This mean more information will probably be available about that work!
Magazine, newspaper, & journal articles will provide more specific information. Now you can search by artist, name of a work, genre, etc.
The databases are available 24/7 from www.dbq.edu/library. Under Find Articles, choose Databases by Subject > Arts & Humanities. Try these databases (UD login required off-campus):
• Academic Search Premier
Want to search JSTOR from Facebook? Here’s how:
Search Facebook applications for JSTOR. Choose JSTOR Search and add the application to your profile. When prompted to enter a proxy URL, enter the following link: http://ezproxy.dbq.edu:2048/login?url=
If you use the app off-campus, you will be prompted to log in using your UD network ID and password.
Books from other libraries
Materials from Wartburg Theological Seminary (mostly Christian art) may be delivered to UD. In the library catalog, choose Request Copy and enter your UD ID#.
Loras College has a strong art collection. You may check out items from Loras or have them delivered to UD. Search their library catalog from Start > Library Catalogs > Loras.
Usually art papers use MLA format for citing sources. A summary of the format is available at: http://www.dbq.edu/library/collectionspdf/MLAGuideMay2009revision.pdf
Need help? Ask us!
Stop by the Reference Desk in the library! Or you can call, email, IM, or text us. Plan ahead and we’re here to help you find what you need!