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Women in Art

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Vivian Linderman



DATABASES--Online Articles




The University Library has a number of books and materials that cover the world of art. Books are organized on our shelves by Library of Congress CALL NUMBERS. The main call number for art, as a subject, is N which represents the Fine Arts. Books classified as N can be found on the 4th floor of Library North (the older building). Call numbers for more specific art classifications, also found on 4th floor North, are as follows:

  • N   - Visual arts
  • NA - Architecture
  • NB - Sculpture
  • NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration
  • ND - Painting
  • NE - Print media
  • NK - Decorative arts
  • NX - Arts in general

Other art related topics, found on 4th floor South (the new building) are:

  • TR - Photography
  • TT - Handicrafts or Arts & Crafts
Searching the Online Library Catalog

Knowing these call numbers is helpful if you like to dive right in to browse the collection, but, don't stop there! Be sure to search in the online catalog, from the Library's home page, to find materials where the main subject area may not be art, but art is still a major part of the book. For example, Navajo silversmithing, weaving, or sandpainting. In this instance the subject area is considered Navajo, within the larger subject area of History of America, which uses the E call number, rather than the N for Art.

If you are interested in finding a lot of general resources on a topic in one search, you might want to add the term 'bibliography' to your art term keyword search.  The result will be a listing of titles that include a bibliography of published and unpublished materials on the topic. Try it using the keywords of "ceramics bibliography" and see how this search strategy might be helpful to you.

Art books by H.W. Janson, and John Rewald are favorites of CSUDH librarians.  Look in the online catalog by author name, using the last name first.  Each author has many titles to his name.

Art professor Dr. Kirstin Ellsworth recommends you take a look at the Handbook of Latin American Studies. The Handbook is an annotated bibliography of works on Latin America that have been selected by scholars. We hold volumes covering the dates of 1979 to 2005, on the 3rd Floor North under the call number, F1408 .Z9 H23. The official web site of this resource, which is updated weekly, can be found at HLAS Online. Use the web site to search for books or articles on your topic, and then use our online catalog or databases to see if we hold a copy of the items you find that are of interest.

Searching Other Library Collections

The Library home page also provides a search tab to look for books at other CSU libraries. Use the Search WorldCat link, on the home page, to find books at other university and public libraries. If you need a book that is held by another library, the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) office can request that material for you at no cost. Log in to the ILL request system or visit the (ILL) office, located behind the Reference Desk, to start the request process. You can also use ILL to request copies of journal articles that are not accessible through our databases or print holdings.


When you search the Library catalog, e-books also will show in the results list as "electronic resources." Clicking on the links will take you to the book which you can read online or download for later reading.

Checking Out Books

You may check out up to 30 items for a period of 28 days with a valid student ID. Our web page on circulation policies, will give you more detail including information on overdue fines. Take books, and your student ID, to the Circulation Desk at the 2nd floor entrance to check them out.

DATABASES--Online Articles

The Library subscribes to a number of databases that provide you with free online access to journals related to the arts, history, literature, science, and other academic areas. If you know the name of the database you would like to search, you can access it by going to the Databases by Title link on the Library home page. Or, you can click on the links provided below to find what you need.

Art Specific and Image Databases 
  • BHA and RILA The Getty Research Institute offers free access to the citation databases Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and the Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA). The Institute details the holdings of each database on their web site. Once you find a citation for a resource you can then search the CSUDH catalog or databases for access to the articles or books that are of interest.
  • Oxford Art Online provides web access to the highly regarded Grove Art Online, a dictionary of art that includes articles and more than 5,000 images. Also included in this database is The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Print editions of these titles also can be found on our shelves, so definitely check the library's online catalog to find the call numbers.
  • The Getty Research Portal provides access to art history texts that have been digitized throughout the world. Free to all users. While at the Getty site, you also might want to take a look at the Getty Photo Archive which includes more than 2 million images! Make sure to explore all the other features of the Getty Research Institute web site including the Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online. If you are having trouble finding information with your keyword, you might want to check the Thesaurus to find synonyms that are more useful when searching for resources. 
  • World Images, a project of the California State University, contains approximately 80,000 images. Images are easily searchable by location, time period, style, medium, or topic.
Other Databases
  • Academic Search Premier is an extensive, multi-disciplinary database that includes full-text articles and access to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Use it as a starting point if you are unsure of your research area or still thinking in general subject terms.  
  • Humanities Full Text covers scholarly journals on a wide range of topics in the humanities. Selected journal titles offer full-text access to articles.
  • JSTOR contains full text for over 100 major journals in art and art history.
  • Project Muse provides full-text of scholarly journal articles in the humanities and arts.

And, don't discount using databases that might be in the field of education, anthropology, history, gender or ethnic studies.  Your subject also might be included in a newspaper or dissertation database.  Ask a librarian to point you in the direction of these database resources or use the Database by Subject link from the home page. 

Other Info

If you need help using the databases, take a look at our Resource Guide on how to find database articles.

If you know the title of the journal you would like to use in your research, look for it by title in the online catalog. If we hold it in print, it will display and include a link to the database hosting the online version, if available. You also can look for it directly by using the Journals by Title link on our home page. The result screen will show you if we hold it in print and which databases provide access, along with the dates of coverage.

If you like to start your research using Google, try Google Scholar which is accessible from the CSUDH Library home page. When you start your Google Scholar search from our home page, articles found in a subscription database held by CSUDH will be accessible to you at no cost.

  • Archives of American Art The national Smithsonian Museum hosts this online digitized collection which includes primary materials documenting the lives of American artists and the world of visual arts.
  • Artcyclopedia This is an extensive collection of online art resources. Browse by artist or title of work and result list is a listing of different web sites. Links to museum web sites and more.
  • ArtLex An art dictionary that includes more than 3,600 art terms and images, pronunciation help, cross-references and "great quotations."
  • Ask Art Promoted as The Artists' Bluebook, you can find information on artists and their work as well as sales and current prices.
  • Dwell A web site and magazine covering design, architecture, and interiors.
  • Google Art Project View high resolution images of the collections of 17 museums throughout the world.
  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History This online resource presents the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection by time period, geographic area, or theme. Regularly updated with close to 7,000 images, essays, world maps, and more. An extensive searchable index is included.
  • Smarthistory A beautiful site of the Khan Academy that covers resources for teaching and learning about art history.
  • Web Gallery of Art A virtual museum and searchable database of European paintings and sculpture from the 11th to the 19th century.
  • The WWW Virtual Library bills itself as the oldest catalog of online resources. Search through the The Arts link.

Internet resources on the arts abound! A few more are listed in our Online Reference Shelf under Art, Images. You can find the link to the Online Reference Shelf on the Library's home page. If you have some time, take a look at the CSU's MERLOT web site which offers free resources and materials ranging across a number of academic disciplines. From the MERLOT home page select Arts, on the left sidebar, and then use the links on the sidebar to navigate the extensive collection.

A quick and easy way to find authoritative web sources is to check the online research guides of other university libraries. Many art librarians have put together extensive print and online resources relevant to art students. Try the Yale University Library or UCLA Library which have quite extensive Art departments.


Researchers and students throughout the world must cite their sources so they will not be found guilty of taking someone's ideas or work and presenting it as their own. These acts of plagiarism are very serious and can result in expulsion from the University. 

To educate yourself about what constitutes plagiarism, and what type of information you need to cite, visit this web site created by Turnitin. Then, play the Goblin Threat game and see how well you understood what counts as plagiarism and what needs to be cited. 

Citation Help

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue, a university in Indiana, has put together a wonderful web site covering the writing and citation process. Use the site to learn about and see examples of APA, MLA, Chicago and other citation styles.


Often in the research and writing process, source information is lost, misplaced or never jotted down. This can make it very difficult to create the citation when you are unable to find the source. To keep this from happening, be sure to keep a file or record of the sources that interest you and that you take notes from, as you never know which ones you will actually use once you begin to write your paper. In many of the online databases you can create an account or folder and drop the articles you use into the account/folder. This way they are easily found at a later date. You also may want to look at some citation management tools such as Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote. You can find information on all of them by performing a web search. Wikipedia offers a comparison chart of the many citation management tools available.

If you need additional help with citations, please stop by the Reference Desk. Librarians can help you navigate through ALA, MLA, and others. We also hold the most recent editions of the style books behind the desk.