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Art Research: Articles

For students of art history and art appreciation and studio fine arts classes that require library research.

Why use scholarly articles?

Scholarly articles are a major resource used in academic research.  Scholarly journals are periodicals published for and by scholars and experts in a certain field.  As you conduct your own research and write your papers, you will use scholarly articles to contexualize your argument in a scholarly conversation.   

Why use a database?

The library subscribes to databases to provide access to periodical articles.  The content contained in these databases are typically not freely available on the internet.  You have to pay to get access to them.  But with an article database, the library is paying for that access for you.  That's why you have to go through the database to get the articles.

Don't ever pay to download an article from the internet--talk to a librarian, and we can more than likely get you a copy of the article at no charge to you.  That's what libraries do! 

Art Databases

Finding An Article with a Citation

You've found an article you are interested in locating.  You need to see whether or not the Library has that journal full text. 

  1. We are going to use the "Full-Text Journals A-Z Search." 
  2. Underneath "Find journals by title or ISSN," next to "Title Begins With," type or cut and paste the title of the Journal (not the article title) in the search box. 
  3. The results list shows what years of the Journal are covered full-text in different databases, or in Print down on the Library's first floor Journal section.  Click on the year you need.
  4. On the Journal's homepage. Look for your year, volume, issue, then pages and article title.