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Find Art Articles

Journal articles provide the latest research and various points of view on your topic, as well as information that is not covered in books. Search article databases like the ones recommended below when you need to find scholarly journal, magazine, or newspaper articles written about all areas of fine art, art education, and/or art history.

  • Art Full Text (Formerly Art Abstracts)
    Offers broad coverage of art topics, including advertising, archaeology, crafts, design, fine art, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, video, film, architecture, reviews, and art history. Links to full text as available.
  • Art Index Retrospective [1929-1984]
    Covers fine, decorative and commercial art dating back to 1913. Content includes articles, interviews, film and book reviews, bibliographies, conference reports, editorials and much more. This resource guides users to contemporary criticism of art at the time of its debut, helps track the body of work of an individual artist or an entire movement, and provides access to artists’ interviews, commentaries and more. Links to full text as available.

Find Art Books

When looking for art books, exhibit catalogs, or video/DVDs on any artist, art style, movement, or technique, try these methods:

    1. Use the FOCUS Library Catalog to locate books owned by the Mount Library. URL:

    2. Use OhioLINK's catalog to search for items owned by other Ohio college and university libraries.
      By following the prompts in OhioLINK's catalog, you may request items to be sent to the Mount.
      To learn more about OhioLINK requesting and borrowing, review our guide "How to request items from OhioLINK".

    3. Another option is to go directly to other OhioLINK member libraries, such as DAAP Library at UC or Xavier's Library, present your MSJ AllCard/Library card and check out items directly from their collections.

    4. To locate items owned by the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County search their online catalog.

    5. Some print art books are availalbe as ebooks. Search for electronic books via OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center and the EBSCO eBook Collection. See also the section above, "Find Art Ebooks."

    6. is a worldwide catalog of books, videoes, articles, digital materials.  Use it to limit by your zipcode location to determine which nearby libraries have resources available.


When searching library catalogs, you might begin with a subject search.
Examples of subject search terms:

Art - India
Cassatt, Mary
Interior Design

If you are not sure of what subject to search, try using a keyword search. Keyword searching lets you to search words in the title, author, publisher, and subject headings fields. There are many ways to search library catalogs, so if you need assistance, don't hesitate to ask a librarian.

For some people, browsing the art section of the Library's book stacks can be helpful. To do this use a call # range.

Call # Range Subject
680s, 2nd Floor Furniture Design,
Typography, Type Design, Bookbinding
700s, 3rd Floor General Arts, Art History, Aesthetics
710s, 3rd Floor Civic & Landscape Arts
720s, 3rd Floor Architecture
730s, 3rd Floor Sculpture, Ceramics, & Metalwork
740s, 3rd Floor Drawing, Graphic Arts, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Decorative & Fiber Arts
750s, 3rd Floor Painting, Painters
760s, 3rd Floor Printmaking, Prints
770s, 3rd Floor Photography & Digital Arts

    Find Art Encyclopedias

    Art Career Sites

    • Artist Resource Guide: Resources for the Working Artist
      This guide from the Public Library of Cincinnati Offers information on the topics of competitions/exhibitions, marketing and selling, business and legal, local and state resources, crafts, graphic design, photography, and online periodicals and Websites.
    • Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) Index
      Contains "the alphabetical index to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) revised fourth edition, as supplied electronically by the U.S. Department of Labor."
    • Field Guide for Ceramic Artists
      by Julia Galloway
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
      Online version of the career handbook by the same name. Research a specific occupation or profession and find out the training and education required, salary, job prospects, working conditions, and the nature of the work. Searchable and browsable. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.
    • Opportunities | CAA
      An aggregated list from the College Art Association that lists employment, grants, fellowships, gallery calls to artists and much more.
    • The Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet
      Offers sections for career fields, salary surveys, research, and help with resumes, cover letters, and more. Compiled and regularly updated by librarian and consultant Margaret F. (Riley) Dikel.

    Design Sites



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