The search box on the library's homepage is a great starting place for most research topics as it will bring back many types of resources.
Search Tips and using Filters:
- Put phrases into quotation marks, like "Japanese painting" or "religious iconography"
- Try synonyms to bring back different results. "religious iconography" after 1900 will bring back different sources than "religious iconography" 20th century.
- Use the "Date" filter to limit your results to specific years.
- Use the "Limit by Source Type" filter to limit your results to books, non-print resources, etc.
- Check "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box in the "Limit to" filter to make sure you are getting scholarly journal articles.
- Check the "Full Text" box in the "Limit to" filter to exclude articles that you cannot access full text immediately
Art Databases for articles
These databases will return the best results for scholarly/peer reviewed journal articles. They are included in Library Search, but searching them directly allows you to do more sophisticated searching.
Art & Architecture Source This link opens in a new window
Comprehensive full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design in journals, books and images.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Full text scholarly journal articles in Arts & Sciences, Biological Sciences, Business, Health and General Sciences from first volume through three to five years from the last complete calendar year (moving wall).
Art Index Retrospective This link opens in a new window
Citations covering fine, decorative, and commercial art from 1929 to 1984 in articles, interviews, film reviews, book reviews, bibliographies, exhibition listings, conference reports, anthologies, and editorials.
Project MUSE This link opens in a new window
Scholarly journal articles in the areas of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and more.
Help Video: Project Muse, Searching Basics
(by Reading Area Community College Librarians through a grant project with PASSHE libraries.)
(Johns Hopkins University Press)
Arts & Humanities Citation Index This link opens in a new window
Citation information for journal articles in the arts & humanities, 1984-present.
Humanities Source This link opens in a new window
Full-text database covering literary, scholarly and creative thought.