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ARTS 1301: Studio I & II: Articles & Databases

A course guide to library research & inspiration resources for art students in Studio I & II

Performance Art Related Databases

Reference Databases

Credo Reference  Alkek reference source for ideas on keywords and background information. Has images and concept map too. See the tutorial below and more info about Credo Reference below.

E-Reference Sources at Alkek Library full list of our e-reference resources: full-text subject encyclopedias and dictionaries

Grove Art Online

Oxford Reference Alkek reference source for ideas on keywords and background information

Featured Database!

The featured database is Art Search. It contains 3 different resources, Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR) for abstracts of journal articles, Design ProFILES (DP) for biographical information on artists, designers, craftspeople, and architects, and ReVIEW for full-text 19th and early 20th century art journal articles. Recently added to DesignInform are Research Guides. Check it out!

Suggested Art & Design Databases for Finding Articles & Images

Start Your Research tool It searches multiple databases for articles and the library catalog for books and other materials. This tool can be good if your topic is cross-disciplinary and you are looking for different types of materials.

Start Your Research search box

Art and Design Databases

These resources can be found on the Library Home Page through the Databases link and then under the Art & Design. Most of these are for finding articles. Also refer to the Library's Image Collections resources. If you are not in the library you will be prompted for your Texas State username and password. Use the Images tab on this guide for more about finding images.

Primary Source Databases

You could also check out our newspaper databases, especially the historical ones, for good resources on art. Newspaper articles from the time period of the work of art can be considered a primary source material.

Other Databases

Research RSS Feeds

Learn how to set up custom RSS feeds for articles related to research on your topic from different databases.

Understanding a Journal Citation

You'll see something like this:

It's important to know the parts of a citation so you can interpret it correctly. You must have at least the Journal name, volume, issue, and page number to be able to locate the article.

Subject Guide

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