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This guide is intended to help you find both print and online art resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, April Sheppard, at

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Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.


All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The main call number for art begins with "N". The basic breakdown is as follows:

BH1 – 301 - Aesthetics
N1 – N9211 - Visual Arts (General)
NA1 – NA9428 - Architecture
NB1 – NB1952 - Sculpture
NC1 – NC1940 - Graphic Arts (Drawing, Design, Illustration)
ND25 – ND3416 - Painting
NE1 – NE3002 - Print Media
NK1 – NK9990 - Decorative and Applied Arts
NX1 – NX820 - Arts in General
TR1 - 1050 - Photography (General)
TT1 – TT820 - Handcrafts, Arts and Crafts
Z43 – 45 - Calligraphy and Penmanship

The numbers that follow these beginning letters relate to the narrower scope of the item, for example: Neorealism in Visual Arts (N6494 .P6) vs. Naturalism in Visual Arts (N6494 .N34).

Occasionally, a totally different call number will appear. This means the item is about more than art and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned.  For example, Art rules : Pierre Bourdieu and the Visual Arts has a call number of BH39 .G677 2007 because it has to do more with philosophy than art - but that doesn't mean it's not a great book for you to use!


Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with A-State to view the article or on the A-State campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.

To view all our Fine Arts databases, click here.

To view all our databases, click here.


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Art covers a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Art
  • Art Deco
  • Art History
  • Bauhaus
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Modern Art
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Renaissance
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Bauhaus AND "graphic design"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.