This guide contains resources to help you find sources for your project. You'll want to search both books and articles, as scholarly materials in GWS and Art (as well as history) tend to appear in both journals and books. Use the boxes below to explore various subject-appropriate places to search.
Don't hesitate to ask if you've got questions! Send me an email - I enjoy helping you solve any research problems you have. You can also email me if you want to brainstorm about your projects. We can work via email or set up a virtual or in person time to chat. You can also find library and research help at the library's Information Desk or Reference Desk.
If you need a refresher on using the library, consult our Library FAQs and an overview of the Library.
Try these article databases for your topic - different ones will work better for some topics than others, so be sure to read the database description. Use the Tracking Down Materials tab above for help finding full text. Email me if you have any issues or want to talk about your research approach. NOTE: You can find some articles by searching the library's catalog (main box on the library's homepage) BUT you'll also want to search in databases so you don't miss any important scholarship. (In other words, not everything is in the library catalog.)
To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via the search box on the library's homepage.
When you find books that look useful, write down the Collection & the Call Number. Note that many art books are shelved in the Oversize collection, due to their size.
General Collection, call numbers A - PQ are on the Third Floor
General Collection, call numbers PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor
Oversize are on the Third Floor, Beck Hall side
Reference are on the Second (Main) Floor, Beck Hall side
Browsing are on the Second (Main) Floor near the entrance
Young Adult & Children's Books are on the First Floor
AV materials (DVDs, etc) are on the First Floor
Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. Don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Information Desk (main floor of the library) if you can't find your book.
Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.
You can check books out at the Information Desk. This page has information about loan periods, renewals, etc. And this page gives even more detail about finding books in our library.
You can (and should) also search for books in other libraries. To do this, use the advanced search in the library catalog. Scroll down to select "Libraries WorldWide."
Depending on your topic, these reference books might provide you with overviews and insights into social and historical contexts. This is a great way to learn a lot about a particular topic in a short amount of time. Reference books (like encyclopedias) are shelved on the main floor of the library, Beck Hall side. They can't be check out but you can scan or take a picture of the information you need.
Use these library research guides to explore additional resources and research methods.
You're being asked to evaluate your sources by investigating format, publication source, and the authority of the writers. This concept of authority, in particular, is a key information literacy concept. When we engage in ideas, especially if we are new(er) to the field, we want to be sure that we're listening to the people who are knowledgable - and who are recognized by other knowledgable people as knowledgable. This sense of authority looks different in various contexts, but in academic contexts, it is primary through scholars who have reached the highest level of study in their field. Here are a few other external sources that will help you think through questions of evaluation and authority: