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The Holland and Terrell Library contains many resources for students and faculty interested in Fine Arts. If you have any questions not answered on the WSU Libraries website or would like to request a book or journal on any subject related to Fine Arts, please contact Bob Matuozzi . For questions about the Fine Arts program, please see Department of Fine Arts.

  • Library Catalog

    Search It. The library catalog includes holdings for all the WSU Library sites, in Pullman and across the state. Please note: Electronic journals and other 'virtual' resources are included in this catalog.

 Library of Congress Classification
Mapped to Holland & Terrell Library

Click on any of the links below to see where these subjects are physically located in Holland & Terrell Library.  The reference books in these classifications are located in the reference area on the first floor of Holland & Terrell Library just off the Atrium.  (The first floor level is the main entrance to the library.)  

A - General Works J - Political Science R - Medicine
B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion K - Law S - Agriculture
C - Auxiliary Sciences of History L - Education T- Technology
D - World History M - Music and Books on Music U - Military Science
E - History of the Americas N - Fine Arts W - WSU
G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation P - Language and Literature Z - Bibliography
H - Social Sciences Q - Science

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These research databases and eBooks are made available by subscription or purchase through the WSU Libraries.

Research Databases

  • Art Bibliographies Modern
    Covers arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention, with abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. Also includes performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theatre arts, conservation, and more. Search Tips
  • Art Index
    Covers more than 500 periodicals as far back as 1984, many of them peer-reviewed, with indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Full-text begins in 1997. Search Tips
  • Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
    An invaluable, in-depth record of contemporary art history, Provides access to 55 years of art journalism at a keystroke. Users can research leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins. Search Tips
  • International Bibliography of Art (2008- )
    Provides authoritative coverage of international scholarship in European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, architecture, material culture, and global art since 1945 in a variety of media and formats. Search Tips
    JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary full-text content from over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles. Search Tips
  • Project Muse
    Provides full-text access to several hundred titles from 60 university and society presses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Topical areas include literature, history, politics and policy studies, economics, education, film, religion, and women’s studies as well as book reviews. Search Tips
  • Iter Bibliography (Medieval and Renaissance)
    Specialized bibliography comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Over 1.1 million citations for books and journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA)
    "The Getty provides access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and to the Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA) for no charge on its Web site at The databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007." (From site) BHA coverage is 1975-2007. RILA coverage is 1975-1989.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Allows users greater access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links, and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as the more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Search Tips
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
    This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day. About ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database Also provides access to full text of WSU authored dissertations. Some WSU full text may have an embargo period. Search Tips
  • Philosopher's Index (1940 - current)
    Bibliography of scholarly works in journals, books, anthologies, contributions to anthologies and book reviews (1960s- ). Indexes aesthetics, axiology, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphilosophy, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of education, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and social philosophy. Search Tips
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 - current)
    Comprehensive coverage of modern languages and literature, including folklore. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and book history. Search Tips
  • The Times Digital Archive, 1785 - 1985
    The Times of London has covered all major international events from the French Revolution to the Falklands War. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image, and advertisement. Includes coverage of theater, literature, music, art, and other cultural topics and events. Also has obituaries.
  • New York Times (Historical)
    1851 - three years previous. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. Via ProQuest. Search Tips
    The Education Resource Information Center provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966. Search Tips
  • Historical Abstracts
    Contains citations and abstracts to publications covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Publications indexed were published from 1954 to the present. Search Tips
  • America: History & Life
    Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Contains citations and abstracts to journal aritcles, books reviews and dissertations published from 1954-present. Search Tips
  • Sociological Abstracts (1963 - current)
    Offers access to the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, with abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serial publications. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Updated 6 times a year. Search Tips
  • Oxford Reference Online Library Collection
    Provides access to dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works along with topical companions and a dictionary of quotations, offering full-spectrum subject coverage. The Oxford Reference Library combines over 2 million entries and some 300,000 pages (many of which are illustrated) into a single cross-searchable resource consisting of 180 core academic titles. Search Tips.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including research in the arts and humanities. Some full-text content available. Search Tips
  • Web of Science
    Includes Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Citation indexes. This multidisciplinary database has searchable author abstract covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences. Updated weekly. Search Tips
  • ArchiveGrid (OCLC)
    Provides detailed descriptions of numerous archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. With its online archival collection descriptions, ArchiveGrid helps you to locate collections of primary source material more quickly than ever before. Records include collection title, holding institution, brief description, and a link to an extended description. Search Tips


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Oxford Art Online - Oxford University Press
Allows users greater access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links, and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as the more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Search Tips

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Grove Art Online
Call Number: N33 .G78 (Electronic resource)
Includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes), the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries. Regular updates three times per year, and existing articles are updated with new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, and corrections. In addition, new articles and images are added with each update to continuously expand coverage of the visual arts. Hundreds of international art historians participate in GAO updates, and all new content continues to be written and peer reviewed by scholars and specialists. Also includes more than 40,000 editorially selected image links to museums and galleries around the world in addition to timelines, thematic guides, and biographical links to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. See print version below.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms - Michael Clarke
Call Number: N33 .C575 2001 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192800434
An accessible and useful A-Z, covering a wide range of terms from the visual art world, including materials, techniques, and important styles and periods.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, 4th ed. - Ian Chilvers, ed.
Call Number: N33 .C59 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198604777
Covering Western art from the ancient Greeks to the present day, this best-selling and authoritative dictionary is more wide-ranging than any comparable reference work, containing over 2,500 clear and concise entries on styles and movements, materials and techniques, and museums and galleries. It also includes biographical entries for artists, critics, collectors, dealers, and patrons, with places and full dates of birth and death.

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Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary - Leslie Ross
Call Number: N7850 .R67 1996 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 9780313293290
Covers the topics, symbols, themes, and stories most frequently found in early Christian, western medieval, and Byzantine art.

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts - Gordon Campbell, ed.
Call Number: NK28 .G76 2006 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195189485
Contains over 3,000 entries covering thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures.

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art - Hugh Brigstocke, ed.
Call Number: N33 .O923 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198662033
Provides in-depth coverage of Westrern art with entries on artists and their works, styles and movements, art forms and art terms, combined with more modern methodologies, focused on patronage, taste, theory, and criticism, and the scientific examination of materials and techniques. Critical appreciation and factual information on over 1700 artists from classical times to the 20th century are included with 49 feature articles covering a broad spectrum of topics from art history and its methods to wall painting.

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The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture - Peter Murray and Linda Murray
Call Number: N7830 .M87 1996 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0585218595
Lavishly illustrated, this scholarly book offers a gold mine of information on the Judeo-Christian tradition as it applied to Western art. Over 1,700 alphabetized entries cover every aspect of Christian art and architecture. 200+ illustrations. 20 color plates.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art - Ian Chilvers, ed.
Call Number: N33 .O93 2004 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198604769
The unrivalled one-volume guide to the art of the Western world. It provides a careful balance of fact and critical appraisal, ranging across painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from classical times to the present.

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists - Ann Lee Morgan
Call Number: N6505 .M59 2007 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195128788
Contains 945 alphabetically-arranged entries offering an insightful and informative view of America's artistic heritage. This biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism provides readers with a wealth of factual detail and perceptive analysis of America's leading painters. Prominent sculptors and photographers are also covered as well as contemporary installation artists. The dictionary also provides entries on notable American institutions, organizations, schools, techniques, styles, and movements, while examining important individuals connected to the art scene

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art - Ian Chilvers and John Glaves-Smith
Call Number: N6490 .C5317 2009 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0199239657
Contains around 2,000 clear and concise entries on all aspects of modern and contemporary art. Its impressive range of terms includes movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, dealers, schools, and galleries. There are biographical entries for artists worldwide from the beginning of the 20th century through to today's globalized art world, from conservatives and academics to the most controversial of the avant-garde, from household names to a host of lesser known figures.

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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents and Underground Classics - Bart H. Beaty and Stephen Weiner, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref PN6725 .C754 2012 (Electronic resource)
Provides in-depth coverage for over 215 of the most popular and studied graphic novels. These short essays look beyond the "pop culture" aspects of the medium to show the wide range of literary themes and artistic styles that are used to convey beliefs and conflicts that are as old as the stories told in ancient civilization. Entries arranged alphabetically, and begin with full ready reference top matter, including the title or subtitle, the primary author or authors, the illustrators who contributed to the work, the first serial and book publication, the publisher, the number of pages, the ISBN, and the genre and/or subgenre. Print copy in reference.

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Comic Art of the United States through 2000 - Animation and Cartoons: An International Bibliography - John A. Lent
Call Number: NC1420 .C66 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 9780313068737
Provides information on U.S. and Canadian comic art, animation, caricature, and gag, political, illustrative, and magazine cartoons, with citations to books, chapters, articles, and "fugitive" materials gleaned from a variety of sources worldwide, including many periodicals and journals.

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Arts and Humanities through the Eras - Edward Bleiberg, ed.
Call Number: NX440 .A787 2005 (Electronic resource)
Offers a multidimensional picture of primarily Western civilization, covering Ancient Egypt (2675-332 B.C.E.), Ancient Greece and Rome (1200 B.C.E.-476 C.E.), Medieval Europe (814-1450 C.E.), Renaissance Europe (1300-1600 C.E.), and The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment (1600-1800 C.E.). Provides access to each historical period through the study of nine different arts and humanities topics: "Architecture and Design," "Dance," "Fashion," "Literature," "Music," "Philosophy," "Religion," "Theater," and "Visual Arts."

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Oxford English Dictionary - Oxford University Press.
Call Number: PE1625 .O87 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198611862
Provides etymologies and examples of usage for English words. Especially useful for determining what possible meanings an author may have intended in a given work written at a given time. The online OED is updated on a quarterly basis. The OED is the premier historical dictionary of the English language.


Reference Books

The Holland and Terrell Library print reference collection is located on the 1st floor of Terrell (main library entrance) behind the reference desk.

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Guide to the Literature of Art History 2 - Max Marmor and Alex Ross
Call Number: Hol Ref N380 .M37 2005
ISBN: 0838908780
A supplement to the 1980 title of the same name, this reference contains bibliographic information for a selection of titles in art history. The entries include annotation, which is often taken from the preface or introduction of the book described, along with an additional brief description by the authors and a list of the table of contents. Sections are included on bibliography, directories, sales records, visual resources, dictionaries and encyclopedias, iconography, sources and documents, histories and handbooks, and architecture. There are also sections for each artistic media. New chapters have been added that cover patronage, collecting, preservation law, and other issues of cultural heritage. Monographs on artists are not included, as these are the subject of other reference works. Works are included up to 1998 and feature titles in languages other than English.

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Dictionary of Art - Jane Turner, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref N31 .D5 1996
ISBN: 0195170687
With over 6,000 contributors from 12 countries, this work provides authoritative and comprehensive global coverage of both art and cultural studies, and is a unique guide to all the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, drawing, printmaking, as well as the decorative arts. Features unparalleled coverage of Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Mongolia, China, India, the Islamic world, Japan, Korea, Native North America, Pacific and Aboriginal Australia, Pre-Columbian America, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Ancient Near East, and Ancient Rome. Also examines important art forms and key issues of design, taste, function, and patronage. See Grove Art Online, above.

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Dictionary of Artists - Emmanuel Bénézit, et al.
Call Number: Hol Ref N40 .B4713 2006
ISBN: 2700030702
Provides both the amateur and the professional with important factual information about almost any painter, sculptor, engraver or draughtsman of all countries and schools, from Antiquity to the present day. Gives not only biographical data, but also a general presentation of an artist's work, as well as a selection of bibliographical references, museum listings, graphics (including artist signatures, monograms and stamps of sale) and auction records. Includes over 170,000 entries, comprising over 20,000 pages in 14 volumes. Older entries have been updated and expanded, over 3,000 entries have been completely rewritten, and over 2,000 new entries have been added.

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The Sculpture Reference Illustrated: Contemporary Techniques, Terms, Tools, Materials, and Sculpture - Arthur Williams
Call Number: Hol Ref NB1170 .W55 2005
ISBN: 0975538306
With 1,187 color images representing 288 contemporary sculptors, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date single volume sculpture reference available. All aspects of sculpture are alphabetically arranged, visually demonstrated, and easily readable. The design and multitude of color images make this book easily understood and enjoyed by all levels of readers. Measurements are in English and metric terms.

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The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images - Ami Ronnberg and Kathleen Martin, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref AZ108 .B66 2010
ISBN: 3836514486
Includes almost 800 full-color images along with roughly 350 essays that examine a given symbol's psychic background and how it evokes psychic processes and dynamics. Etymological roots, the play of opposites, paradox and shadow, the ways in which diverse cultures have engaged a symbolic image—all these aspects are treated in a variety of cultural contexts.

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1000 Symbols - Rowena Shepherd and Rupert Shepherd
Call Number: Hol Ref N7740 .S54
ISBN: 0500283516
Thematic dictionary of symbolic images, or symbols, defined as "something that a particular culture considers to mean something else." Each entry features a blue line drawing of the symbol in a generalized pictographic style, with global coverage.

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Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art - James Hall
Call Number: Hol Ref N7740 .H34x 1994
ISBN: 0719553768
Examines the symbolism of everyday objects among various ancient, classical, eastern, and western civilizations. Divided into six broad subject categories, including abstract signs, animals, artifacts, earth and sky, human body and dress, and plants. Another section focuses on collective symbols that have multiple attributes and meanings. Entries tie specific symbols to various beliefs and social customs or religious worship.

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Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture - Gordon Campbell
Call Number: Hol Ref N5610 .G76 2007
ISBN: 0195300823
Includes all subject areas in the classical arts, including philosophers, rulers, writers and artists, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, and more. Arranged alphabetically, this two-volume set contains over 800 entries tracing the development of the art forms in classical civilizations such as ancient Greece and Rome. Illustrated with 400 halftones, maps and line drawings, and 32 color plates.

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The Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art - Jane Turner (Editor)
Call Number: Hol Ref N6370 .E53 1999
ISBN: 1884446027
Beginning with transitional Late Gothic artists such as Giotto, this two-volume set traces the evolution of the new modes of artistic expression, from scientific naturalism and the development of linear perspective to the exploration of new secular themes derived from Classical literature and mythology. Besides biographies on all types of artists -- including painters, illuminators, sculptors, and architects to printmakers and maiolica designers, patrons, and collectors -- the set also has entries on styles, important art forms, and cities as well in-depth surveys of all the fine and decorative art forms in Italy during the Renaissance and Mannerist periods.

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art - Gordon Campbell, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref N6370 .G76 2009
ISBN: 0195334663
Deals with all aspects of Northern Renaissance art ranging from artists, architecture, and patrons to the cities and centers of production vital to the flourishing of art in this period. Has more than 500 illustrations, maps, drawings, diagrams, and color plates. Nearly 1,700 entries on all aspects of Renaissance art across Northern Europe, including dozens of new entries and revised articles well as a fully updated bibliography. Features art historical and cultural information about Northern Renaissance artists, artisans, architects, craftsmen, philosophers, rulers, countries, cities, centers of production, painting, sculpture, jewelry, theory, criticism, historiography, collecting, and patronage.

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture - Jonathan M. Bloom and Sheila S. Blair, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref N6260 .G75 2009
ISBN: 019530991X
Comprehensive reference work with over 1,600 up-to-date entries on Islamic art and architecture ranging from the Middle East to Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe and spanning over a thousand years of history. Entries provide in-depth art historical and cultural information about dynasties, art forms, artists, architecture, rulers, monuments, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. In addition, over 500 illustrations of sculpture, mosaic, painting, ceramics, architecture, metalwork and calligraphy illuminate the rich artistic tradition of the Islamic world.

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts - Gordon Campbell, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref NK28 .G76 2006
ISBN: 0195189485
Includes more than 600 illustrations and dozens of color photographs, with extensive cross-references and an up-to-date bibliography.

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Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art - Gerald W R Ward
Call Number: Hol Ref N8510 .G76 2008
ISBN: 0195313917
Comprehensive, up-to-date information on all aspects of this fundamental area of the visual arts. In a convenient one-volume format, this encyclopedia provides fascinating historical and current uses of materials and techniques in a wide range of areas from painting and sculpture to non-traditional media such as digital and video art.

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Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA) - Le lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae
Call Number: Hol Ref BL727 .T44 2004
ISBN: 9780892367870
Comprehensive multi-volume reference set on all known aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cults and rituals. from the period from Homeric times (1000 B.C.) to late Roman times (A.D. 400). Includes the dynamic elements of cult: divination; prayer, gestures, and acts of prayer; gestures and acts of veneration; oaths; maledictions; profanation; magic; and consecration and foundation rites. Also describes the static elements of cult—cult places and their depictions in antiquity and the personnel of cults. Entries list the epigraphical and literary sources cited and reference ancient iconographical documents related to the topic.

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Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC) - Foundation for the LIMC
Call Number: Hol Ref N7760 .L49 1981
ISBN: 3760887511
Comprehensive study of the iconographic representations of ancient myths and legends from Classical Mythology. Articles in English, French, German, or Italian.

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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents and Underground Classics (3 Vols.) - Bart H. Beaty and Stephen Weiner, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref PN6725 .C754 2012
ISBN: 9781587659508
Provides in-depth coverage for over 215 of the most popular and studied graphic novels. These short essays look beyond the "pop culture" aspects of the medium to show the wide range of literary themes and artistic styles that are used to convey beliefs and conflicts that are as old as the stories told in ancient civilization. Entries arranged alphabetically, and begin with full ready reference top matter, including the title or subtitle, the primary author or authors, the illustrators who contributed to the work, the first serial and book publication, the publisher, the number of pages, the ISBN, and the genre and/or subgenre.

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Encyclopedia of World Art - Bernard Samuel Myers
Call Number: Hol Ref N31 .E533
ISBN: 0070194661
Comprehensive treatment of fines arts throughout history and across geographical regions. Includes biographical information, indexes, and references to supplementary reading.

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics - Michael Kelly, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BH56 .E53 1998
ISBN: 0195113071
Surveys the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society--from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory. Featuring 600 original articles by distinguished scholars from many fields and countries, it is a comprehensive survey of majorconcepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts--from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture.

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The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics - Jerrold Levinson, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BH56 .O94 2003
ISBN: 0198250258
A comprehensive guide on the theory, application, history, and future of aesthetics in philosophical and artistic contexts.

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Art Index (1929 - 2004) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: N1.A5x (1-52) and B11881 (1-49) Holland nd Terrell Compact Storage
Indexes articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Subjects include: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, and Video. *Note: these indexes are available in circulating collection.


Biographical & Supplemental eResources

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref DA28 .O95 2004- (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 019861411X
Biographies of noteworthy people, no longer living, who inhabited or were connected with the British Isles. Portraits included for more than 10,000 entries.

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American National Biography - General editors, John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes
Call Number: Hol Ref CT213 .A68 1999 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195206355
Short Biographical sketches of over 18,300 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the United States. Contains thousands of illustrations, 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites. Updated quarterly.

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Oxford Classical Dictionary - Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref DE5 .O9 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198606419
In over 6,200 entries, provides both scholars and non-specialists with a comprehensive source of reference which aims to answer all their questions about the classical world. Written by the very best of classical scholars from all over the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.

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Who's Who in the Classical World - Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth, eds.
Call Number: DE7 .W48 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192801074
Holds biographical entries on nearly 500 individuals of central importance from the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including writers, thinkers, artists, scientists, statesmen, kings, queens, and other historical figures.

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Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World - John Roberts, ed.
Call Number: DE5 .O92 2007 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192801465
From the first Olympic Games in 776 BC to the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180, this accessible and wide-ranging reference work draws on the groundbreaking Oxford Classical Dictionary to present more than 2,500 entries on the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The dictionary covers key aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life and literature, such as science, social structure, philosophy, and religion, and contains comprehensive articles on central....

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Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (eBook) - Barbara Cassin, ed.
This is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages spanning the classical, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods, these are terms that influence thinking across the humanities. The entries, written by more than 150 distinguished scholars, describe the origins and meanings of each term, the history and context of its usage, its translations into other languages, and its use in notable texts.

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New Dictionary of the History of Ideas - Maryanne Cline Horowitz, editor in chief
Call Number: CB9 .N49 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0684314525
A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. Includes aesthetics.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Academic ed. - Encyclopædia Britannica
Call Number: AE5.E363 (Electronic resource)
EBO provides access to over 75,000 articles from the Encyclopædia Britannica; headlines from the New York Times, the BBC, the SBS Australian News Service, and full-text articles from more than 700 magazines and periodicals provided by EBSCO and Proquest; World data; Gateway to the classics; 166,000 Web sites selected by Britannica editors; over 27,000 images and maps, plus 3,300 animations, videos, and audio files; and world atlas. Includes Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary and thesaurus.


Indexes & Book Reviews

Print and electronic information about scholarly journals, book review citations, and retrospective periodicals indexing.

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Humanities International Index - Whitston Publishing
Call Number: Electronic resource
Covers journals, books, and other important reference sources in the humanities, with indexing and abstracts for more than 2,300 journals encompassing millions of cumulative records. International in scope, contains citations to articles, essays and reviews, and original creative works including poetry, fiction, photographs, paintings, and illustrations. Search Tips

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Humanties and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907 - 1984) - H.W. Wilson
Call Number: Electronic resource
Offers a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences, including comprehensive indexing of nearly 1,200 periodical as well as citations to more than 1,300,000 articles, over 240,000 book reviews, many of which are peer-reviewed. Specific topical areas include art, classical studies, dance, film, folklore, literary & social criticism, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion & theology. Full-text content available. Indexes reviews. Search Tips

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Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900/1904 - 2005) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: Holland/Terrell Libraries Compact-Storage D856
ISBN: 00340464
Standard reference index to popular publications from a variety of fields and disciplines. Check "availability and request options" in the catalog record for all locations of this title.

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Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States, reflecting the history of 20th century America. Access to over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines; many of the articles are peer reviewed. Search Tips

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Ulrich's Periodicals Directory - ProQuest / Serials Solutions
Call Number: Z6941 .U51 (Electronic resource)
Standard library directory and comprehensive information database on popular magazines, academic journals, and other serial publications like business and trade magazines. Includes ISSNs, title variants and other publishing information, formats, and whether titles are peer-reviewed or available on open access. Multiple access points, including title, subject, and ISSN searching. Continuously updated.

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Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982 - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Virtually every major idea that shaped the 20th century found expression in books. The reactions to those ideas are reflected in the reviews of those books, and this new database makes it easy to search this vast record of information. Reflecting nearly eight decades of H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest, this database provides excerpts from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction. Reviews of 300,000 books. Search Tips

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Book Review Digest Plus (1983- ) - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Provides access to book reviews on a wide range of topics and from a variety of sources on academic works, fiction and non-fiction, the humanities and social sciences, foreign language reviews, and narrow and specialized subjects. Updated daily. Search Tips

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Book Review Digest (1905 - 2004) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: Holland/Terrell Libraries Compact-Storage D869
ISBN: 00067326
Cites and provides excerpts of reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each book is also provided. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

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Book Review Index (1965-2003) - Gale Cengage Learning
Call Number: Hol Ref Z1035.A1 B6
ISBN: 05240581
Provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. Coverage and citations for both newly published and older materials


Searching the Audiobooks Collection in the Libraries


Go to the Advanced Search screen of Search It and select in subject from the drop-down menu. Type audiobooks in the search box.  Your search should look like the sample image above.

Citation & Research Tools

  • Why We Cite
    A brief tutorial on the role of citation in scholarly and academic writing. (Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • How We Cite
    A brief tutorial on how to integrate outside sources to your paper. (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Purdue University - Research and Citation Resources
  • WSU Libraries Quick Ciatation Guides
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources
    Offers definitions and examples from different scholarly disciplines. (Produced by The Borough of Manhattan Community College.)
  • Scholarly Journals vs. Magazines
    A chart which defines and contrasts scholarly journals and articles with other types of periodical literature. (Produced by the University of Central Florida Libraries)
  • Annotated Bibliographies
    "This handout will explain why annotated bibliographies are useful for researchers, provide an explanation of what constitutes an annotation, describe various types of annotations and styles for writing them, and offer multiple examples of annotated bibliographies in the MLA, APA, and CBE/CSE styles of citation." (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Literature Reviews
    "This handout will explain what a literature review is and offer insights into the form and construction of a literature review in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences." (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Writing about art history
    This handout discusses several common types of art history assignments, and talks about various strategies and resources that will help you write your art history papers. (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Very Short Introductions

Concise introductory monographs on a wide range of topics, including the arts and humanities.

JSTOR & Project MUSE

List of full-text art, art history, and photography periodicals currently indexed in JSTOR and Project MUSE.

Research Services - Arts & Humanities

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Specialized and advanced research consultations by appointment.
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Library Liaison to:
Department of English • Department of Fine Arts (including Photography) • Philosophy Department (including Religion) • School of Music

Research Guides

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The Oxford Guide to Library Research, 3rd ed. - Thomas Mann
Call Number: Z710 .M23 2005
ISBN: 0195189981

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The Modern Researcher, 6th ed. - Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff
Call Number: LB2369 .B28 2004
ISBN: 9780495318705

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The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. - Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams
Call Number: Q180.55.M4 B66 2008 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0226065669
Print also available.

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