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ART 368 — Women in Art

ATTENTION: This research guide was last modified on March 03, 2009, before the January 2012 redesign of the library's home page. Information on how to access journal articles, databases, and other library resources may be inaccurate or outdated.

For up-to-date instructions on accessing materials, please visit our tutorial pages instead.

Women in Art

Contact Information

Carol Dales



Using Databases from Off-campus

Recommended Journal Article Databases for Art Research


Subject Headings / Thesaurus

Finding a Specific Journal Article

When the Library doesn

The Internet

Citing your Sources

Tips for searching JSTOR

  • To borrow books, take your CSUDH photo ID with a current sticker to the Library Circulation Department on the 2nd floor of the library.
  • Before borrowing books, read the regulations on the Circulation /Borrowing Books page.
  • Use the Library's ToroFind catalog to search for books by author, title or subject.
    In addition to finding materials available in the CSUDH Library, you will find links that enable you to request books directly from other libraries: "Search for & Request Book/Article NOT in CSUDH Library" (WorldCat) and "Search for & Request Books in all 23 CSU LIbraries" .

         Here are more links for other local libraries and libraries worldwide:

  • Did you know:
    •  that CSUDH students may also visit in person and borrow books from
      all other CSU libraries ?
    • Ebrary is a large collection of electronic books on a variety of topics geared to academic libraries and college students.

Using Databases from Off-campus
  • To use CSUDH databases while you're off campus, Adobe Acrobat Reader software (v. 7.0 or later) must already be installed on the computer you use.  Many articles are available only in .pdf (portable document format) format, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read and/or print them.  Get a new Adobe Acrobat Reader free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html
  • If you need help logging in to CSUDH databases, click here.

Recommended Journal Article Databases for Art Research
  •  Click on a link below to access the database of your choice or use our comprehensive list of journal article databases to see all available CSUDH databases.
  • For a review of how to use the databases to find journal articles, click here
    To limit your results to peer reviewed articles, look for the words "scholarly" and/or "peer reviewed" and place a check in the box beside these words.
    Note: In general databases such as Academic Search Premier and Humanities Full Text, you may limit your results to peer reviewed articles by looking for the words "scholarly" and/or"peer reviewed" and placing a check in the box beside these words.
  • To find out whether a specific journal observes the peer review process, check its title in  Ulrich's Periodical Directory Online.  
  • Recommended Databases:
    • Grove Dictionary of Art (Oxford Art Online) provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art , ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art , ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001); features ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 3,000 thumbnail art images and line drawings in text of articles and extensive image links.
    • Academic Search Premier: multi-disciplinary database with full text for more than 4,650 publications, many of which are peer-reviewed journals; often used as a starting point since it covers a wide range of subject areas.
    • Humanities Full Text indexes scholarly journals in the humanities and covers a wide range of humanities topics; provides full-text articles for selected journal titles.
    • JSTOR  contains full text for long back runs of scholarly journals ; includes coverage of over 100 major journals in art and art history, e.g., Woman's Art Journal, 1980-2005.
    • Project Muse provides full-text of scholarly journal articles in the humanities and arts (avoid clicking the "Include articles from JSTOR back issues" box until you have contacted a librarian).
    • Women Artists: a subset of the California State University IMAGE Project based at SJSU; over 900 images of works by women artists from the 12th to the 20th century. 


Check the Electronic Books page for links to:

  • ebrary (scholarly books)
  • netLibrary (more scholarly books)
  • Gale Reference books ... and more! 

Subject Headings / Thesaurus
  • Locate a Thesaurus button or link on the screen (it may be called "Subject Headings" or "Subject Index", depending on the database you are using. )
  • Type a word or phrase for which you would like to identify a subject heading into the appropriate box .
  • Sometimes you can click on the suggested search term to see a note that defines the term as it is used in the database, as well as a list of narrower , broader and related terms.
  • Either copy down useful subject headings or cut and paste them into the search screen where you are working.
  • Note: JSTOR does not have a thesaurus, subject guide or comparable tools; Project Muse articles have subject headings but no tool with which to access them.

Finding a Specific Journal Article

If you already have a reference or citation to a specific journal article (e.g.: from an assigned reading list in your class syllabus, or from a list of references at the end of a book chapter or article), find out if the Library subscribes to the journal you need or owns the back issue you need by using the CSUDH Journals List. This list includes both print and online journals (the CSUDH Library subscribes to over 25,000 journals online).

For more detailed help finding a known article, visit the Find a Specific Article tutorial.

When the Library doesn

If the CSUDH Library does NOT own in any form a specific journal, magazine or book that you need:

  • use the online ILL form at http://library.csudh.edu/services/ILL/ to submit an electronic request. A print or electronic copy of that book or article will be obtained from another library, but may take as long as 7 to 14 days or more to arrive.
  • You will receive an email message in your campus email account to come to the Library circulation desk to pick up and Interlibrary loan book that has arrived for you. Articles will usually arrive in your campus email account as PDF attachments to a message.
  • go to the Library Online Catalogs and Information page at
    http://library.csudh.edu/cyberlib/libraries.htm to look for holdings at other academic libraries you can visit in person (such as other CSU libraries).

The Internet

Here's an amazing example of the wonderful treasures you can unearth in an Internet search: Women in Art video by (just under 3 minutes long): http://miraulam.multiply.com/video/item/38

Google is still an outstanding search engine, but unless you learn some search strategies, you will get a bewildering hodgepodge of web pages on most topics you search.

Three tips:

  • Try Google's Advanced Search page to refine your search.
    Try limiting to domain .edu to get more scholarly results.
  • When doing projects and research papers, remember to evaluate the quality and reliability of information on any web pages you use. For evaluation criteria, try Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages (Cornell University Library) and Evaluating Information on the Web (Pasadena City College Library).
  • Google Scholar does search some scholarly literature, including many peer reviewed articles,  but you may not be able to freely access the full text of articles. However, Google Scholar is a good choice if your topic spans several areas of study , or if you have tried several databases without success.Look over our Google Scholar tutorial for help getting the most out of Google Scholar.

Reliable websites to help you get started:


Citing your Sources

Have you ever had to ask yourself "Where on earth did I find this??"
When writing a paper or completing a project for a class, you will be asked to provide a bibliography of the materials that you used. It is much harder (sometimes impossible!) to retrace your steps than to use note cards or software as you are working to keep track of sources of information you use.
Check a print or online citation guide in advance so you'll know what information about each information source to record before you begin your research.

The CSUDH Library Citation Guide gives you brief examples of how to cite books, articles, and web resources in a variety of citation formats, including MLA.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide, created and maintained by Purdue University, is a more complete and authoritative guide to MLA format.

Tips for searching JSTOR
  • use Advanced Search (not Basic or Expert Search).
  • if you want only journal articles, click beside "Journal Articles" (below "Narrow your search to...") to eliminate reviews and opinion pieces.
  • unless you want to search journals from all disciplines, remember to select from These Discipline(s) and / or Journal(s) (scroll down from Search area) before you click Search.
  • default search is full text; JSTOR has no subject headings or thesaurus, but you can limit to Abstract, Title, Caption or Author to refine your results. Warning: most articles don't have abstracts, so use this limit with care!
  • Truncation: search for the singular and plural forms of a word by placing * (the asterisk on your keyboard, made by typing Shift 8) at the end of the singular form of the word.
  • Proximity Operators: find terms within a specific number of words of each other using double quotes around the two words followed immediately by typing tilde ( ~ ) as a proximity operator and a numeral. For example, to search for an item with the words Alexandria and ancient within ten words of each other: e.g.: "Alexandria ancient "~10. Use this tip to achieve more precise results when searching the full text of long articles.
  • Relevance of Terms: increase the importance of any term in your search by using the caret symbol ( ^ made by typing Shift 6) followed by a number ("the boost factor"). e.g: the query: women^10 men gives instances of the word women in a document ten times more weight than the word men (this tip is also helpful when searching the full text of long articles).
  • All articles are in .pdf format and require that a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader be installed on your computer ( http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html) use the Print /Save icons on top toolbar of Adobe Acrobat Reader, closest to the article full text ( using Browser File /Save /Print menu commands usually produces flawed copies)
  • Citing JSTOR articles: the citation is on the cover page of every article you print; follow MLA guidelines. Click Help in light brown type (Help) in the upper RH corner of the screen for more useful hints.