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This guide is a starting point for researching Fine and Studio Arts at the Dulaney-Browne Library. While this site is not intended to be comprehensive, it will help you to understand the various types of resources available in the library that are particularly useful for the study of drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Explore the Photography guide for research help about techniques, photographers, and the history of photography.

Articles, Books, the Web, and More

To find journal articles pertaining to your topic, click on the "Search EBSCOhost" link in the gray area above, then enter your search terms. By using this search box, you are simultaneously searching over 30 EBSCOhost databases which should result in a plethora of citations and full-text articles. Any articles not available electronically or in the library, may be borrowed from another library using Interlibrary Loan. If you find the results to be too broad or if you already have a well-defined topic, go to the “Articles” tab to search databases specific to your topic.

The library offers traditionally published monographs as well as books available electronically (ebooks) through Ebrary. To find these print materials and electronic resources click the “Search the Library Catalog” link, then enter your search terms in the box above. The “Books” tab offers additional subject-specific clues for searching the catalog.

The open web can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information. The “Web” tab lists links to subject-specific websites.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.

Questions? Ideas for Additional Resources?

 Contact me: cwolf@okcu.edu or 405-208-5919

General & Individual Database Searching

Use the "Search EBSCOhost" tab above to search multiple EBSCOhost databases that are particularly useful for finding information about drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, etc...

Further tailor your searches by using the direct links below to search individual databases:

Academic Search Complete - A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text EBSCOhost database.

Business Source Complete - Scholarly business EBSCOhost database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full-text content. This database would be particularly useful for those researching the business of art.

Directory of Open Access Journals - Multi-disciplinary database of free full-text scientific and scholarly journals including Media and Communications titles (search the entire DOAJ or browse individual titles by going to the "Browse" screen and expanding the subject tree for Arts and Architecture).

Humanities International Complete - An EBSCOhost database that provides thesaurus, author profiles, and a cited references search.

JSTOR – Full-text database of older scholarly journal articles including botany, humanities, education, history, social science, political science, social science, music, business, and statistics.

Project Muse - Database that provides access to current content from scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Complete List of Databases

Complete List of Databases Available Through DBL - use this link to see a list of all the databases available to you. Remember that many of the sources on this list are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Print Indexes & Periodicals

Available in print: Art Index, 1935-2006 (ask for access to these at the circulation desk)

In addition to electronic access to art-related magazines and journals, the library also subscribes in paper to the following titles (current 10 years available in Periodicals on the First Floor, ask for older issues at the circulation desk):

American Artist
Art Education
Art in America

Finding Journals

Click on Fine Arts to find electronic and print journals in the visual arts available in the Dulaney-Browne Library. Please select the subcategory of your choice to see journal titles.

Full Journals List


Using the Library Catalog

To find materials pertaining to the Visual Arts, click the "Search the Library Catalog" link in the gray area above and then do your search. While the search default is set for "Keyword Relevance" you can use the drop-down menu to select other types of searches. If you're not sure where to begin, click on the suggested subject links below:






To find materials on a particular artist, conduct both author and subject searches on their name (last name, first name).

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves may also be a useful exercise in finding resources. Typically books about the Visual Arts are located in the 700s call number ranges. Most of these materials are shelved on the third floor of the library while the fourth floor is undergoing renovations. Oversized items are shelved on the fifth floor. Some are electronic books available online through Ebrary. To find books in other libraries and obtain them through interlibrary loan, try WorldCat.

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Visual Arts
700 The arts; Fine & decorative arts
710 Civic & landscape art
720 Architecture
730 Plastic arts; Sculpture
740 Drawing & decorative arts
750 Painting & paintings
760 Graphic arts; Printmaking & prints

Locations for Visual Arts Materials
1st floor Reference
2nd floor Professional Development Collection
3rd floor Circulating Collections
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
Basement Circulating Storage

Internet Resources for General Information

Artcyclopedia - Includes an index of 8,500 artists and access to additional art websites.

Internet Resources for Images

Art Resource
Described as the largest resource for art images, this site contains keyword searchable images from museums, monuments, and commercial archives. Be sure to also check out their excellent page on Copyright Information.

Course Related Research Guides

Pre-1945 Film

General Tips

Virtual Training Suite: Developing Internet Research Skills
Want better results than just the first ten returns in Google? This site provides you with a suite of tutorials to help you develop Internet research skills, including a tutorial for Art and Design.

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