Art and Artists

Welcome to the Art and Artists research guide! Start your art history research here.

1a) Find Encyclopedia Chapter for an Overview

Search these two encyclopedia databases for overviews and basic information about your artist and/or artwork.

  • Also search for information about the artist's techniques, historical events that affected their work, etc.
  • Make sure to copy the draft MLA citation for each source. The CRW can help you perfect the citation. 
  • Oxford Art Online: search for your subject, then under "Modify Your Search," add a second subject, or choose "Article Title" to limit results.

2) Search for More Articles, Books, Videos

Then, find books, articles and documentary videos with the "Start Your Research" search box below. 

   Start Your Research Here: 

  • The "Start Your Research Here" search box, also found on the library home page, searches shallowly across 100 library book, article and video databases. 
  • Limit your search to E-books, Print Books, or Articles. 
    • For ebooks: you can download chapters as PDFs. 
    • For books, search for a broad topic: the artist's name, location or genre.
      • Examples:   Degas       Pyramids      Impressionism
      • To borrow print books, sign in to the library's search box using your college username/password to get full access.

      • Request to borrow print books from the library's search box page by clicking on a print book link and fill in the Request for pickup at Library Circulation Desk. 

        • The staff will bring the book to the circulation desk. Make sure to bring a photo ID when you pick it up. 

    • For articles from magazines and newspapers, click Advanced Search and add a second concept to narrow your search. 

      •  "Great Pyramid" AND Giza             Impressionism AND watercolor*
         Tutan* AND egypt                     Ramses AND Aswan         Degas AND ballet 
        "Venus of Willendorf"          "Snake Goddess"  AND Greece

      • Limit the search to peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles if wanted.
    • If you have questions about your research, email, or use the green chat box, during library open hours. 

Books on Reserve at Circulation Desk

Use these books for up to two hours in the library. You'll need a photo ID. 

To Search for More Art Books

If you are searching for a particular artist, enter the artist’s name in the search box. More ideas are below. 

  • You can limit your search to print books. Log in to your library account to request to pick up a book at the circulation desk. 
  • Use “and” to find books covering two or more subjects: painting and war, for instance. 

Art History
Painting, Modern 20th century
Architecture United States
Art, Italian
Painting, Dutch
Art, Renaissance Italy
Persia (or, use: Iran History)
Painting History
Middle Ages
Modernism Art
Art, Greek History
Art, Egyptian
Art, Ancient Egypt
Biography Renaissance
Egypt Antiquities
Abstract Expressionism

Book about Mythology


Symbolism and Composition

This well-known book lists the detailed lives of 2,565 saints: 

Butler, Alban, et al. Lives of the Saints. 
Call number: BX 4654 .B8 1956 Vol. 1-4. 

In addtion to books on reserve at the circulation desk, see: 

SUNY Adirondack's Art Collection

This database lists the works in the SUNY Adirondack campus art collection:

History of Art