Art + Design

The Library is a great place to find inspiration. In addition to thousands of books, journals, and videos documenting artists, art movements and technique, there is access to unlimited cross disciplinary topics; Printing services and media equipment are available in the IMC; The Special Collections department is home to unique print and digital materials.
For more detailed information about art historical research, please visit the Art History Research Guide.

Art Image Collections on the Web

Librarian

Laurie Palumbo's picture
Laurie Palumbo
Contact:
FHG Library, Room 233
610-436-2256
Subjects:Art

Searching for resources in the Library

Libraries use specialized language to describe the materials in their collections. When searching a library catalog, observe the words or tags used most. Collect the tags from your best results to help build a strong search strategy. Try these searches:

Artist’s name
Movement/Style/Period (e.g. Impressionism)
Location/Region and Technique/Medium (e.g. Japanese Painting)
Artist’s name AND Themes, motives 
Artist’s name AND Criticism and interpretation 
Artist's name AND exhibitions
Artist's name  AND catalogue raisonne

Library Databases for Art research

This search box (like the one on the Library's homepage) is a great place to start your research - it offers a wide variety of results in one place. ARTstor and Oxford Art Online are important art resources that do not work well in this search so it is better to access them directly. Direct access to all our Art databases can be found here.

Images from Museum Collections

Many museums offer online access to their collections. Try these if you are looking for a particular work from a particular museum:

TIP! ILL

If you cannot find what you need in the WCU Library, you can use Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for WCU students, faculty, and staff that gets you a book, article, or other material not available at West Chester University Libraries. We work with libraries around the world to get you what you need!

Types of Art Books

Exhibition Catalogs
These publications accompany museum or gallery exhibits and often includes high-quality images, artist biographies, interviews and/or career chronologies.

Use your artist's name AND exhibitions as keywords when searching for exhibition catalogs.

Catalogue Raisonne

A catalogue raisonne contains a thorough chronology of biographical events, images, descriptions of work and usually notes about provenance and a bibliography. A complete study, It can focus on an artist's entire body of work or work in a specific medium or time period.

Use your artist's name  AND catalogue raisonne when searching for these books.

Artists Monographs

These books about artists are published separately from exhibition catalogs and catalogue raisonne but include high-quality images typically with some contextual information.

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