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Brief Guide to Research for Art & Art History

Use Catalogs to Find Books

Two catalogs are recommended: one the University at Albany Libraries' catalog that provides access to titles in the Libraries and is accessible through the Primo Discovery Service; and, two, WorldCat, which is an extensive catalog-of-catalogs and provides access to important titles not owned by the University Libraries, but easily obtained via Interlibrary Loan(ILL).

  • Primo Discovery Service The Library’s catalog is an excellent resource for finding literary criticism. Following are some suggestions for using the catalog:
    • keyword search both subject and title seperately in "advanced search". Frequently, both searches will contain the same list of items, but sometimes an important title will appear in one search but not the other.  For example, if your topic is women and Medieval Art, possible search terms might be:
      • women and medieval
      • women and art
      • medieval and art
    • search related works. When you display a record, open the full record and examine the links listed under "Subject” these will take you to related works.For example: If you can click on and find other books related to these subjects.
      • Doing a title search "women and art", you will find the book Women and Art: Contested Territory by Judy Chicago. Opening the full record, you will find the subject headings: Women in Art, Artists -- Psychology, Feminist Art Criticism