AH265/PA265 Art and International Trade 1550-1800
Interim Interdisciplinary Programs Liaison Librarian
Library Research Guide
Professor Tamara Bentley | Block 6 (Spring 2011)
- Getting Started
- Finding Books
- Finding Journal Articles
- Finding Art Images
- Managing and Citing Your Research
- Research Help
Finding Background Information
An article in a reliable encyclopedia, reference book, or textbook can give you a good overview of your topic before you explore more specific books and journal articles. You’ll be able to brainstorm ideas, narrow an existing topic, and glean keywords for future catalog and database searches.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online has great interactive features and links to related websites.
Oxford Reference Online is less visual but has convenient tabs for maps and images.
Art and Art History
The Art and Architecture of China (North Basement N7340.S46 1992)
Art History (3rd Floor-Oversize N5300.S923 1995)
The Art of East Asia (3rd Floor-Oversize N7336 .A77 1999b)
Dictionary of Chinese and Japanese Art (1st Floor North-Reference N7340 .M78 1981)
Encyclopedia of World Art (1st Floor North-Reference N31.E4833)
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages (3rd Floor-Oversize N5300.G25 1991)
The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (1st Floor North – Reference N6260 .G75 2009)
Encyclopedia of World Art (1st Floor North-Reference N31.E4833)
A History of Far Eastern Art (3rd Floor-Oversize N7260.L33 1982)
History of Japanese Art (North Basement N7350 .M26 1993)
Korea: Art and Archaeology (North Basement N7360 .P67 2000)
Asian Art (Oxford Art Online)
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Asian History, Culture, and Trade
Asia Society has a “Trade & Exchange” section with articles about the Silk Road and another titled “Chinese Trade in the Indian Ocean.”
Encyclopedia of China: The Essential Reference to China, Its History and Culture (1st Floor North-Reference DS705 .P47 1999)
Encyclopedia of India (online or 1st Floor North-Reference DS405 .E556 2005)
Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (1st Floor North-Reference DS805.J263 1993)
When Asia Was the World (3rd Floor DS5.95 .G67 2008)
Leveraging Footnotes and Bibliographies
Encyclopedias and books have footnotes and bibliographies that provide a wealth of relevant resources for your paper. You’ll quickly find titles of books and journal articles, and it’s also an easy way to track the names of frequently-published authors in a given field of study.
Searching in TIGER
The fastest way to find books is to search the TIGER catalog by keyword or subject:
When searching TIGER, think in broad strokes. You may not find entire books on the specific works your are interested in, but if you combine genre or material terms or the name of a country, you will have better luck.
When you go to the stacks to find a specific book, take a minute to browse the books around it. Quite often you’ll come across other useful books on the same topic.
Books about Art and Art History are shelved in the north basement and third floor oversize area, and begin with the letter N. Here’s an overview of the N call numbers:
- N: Visual arts
- NA: Architecture
- NB: Sculpture
- NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration
- ND: Painting
- NE: Print media
- NK: Decorative arts
- NX: Arts in general
Finding Journal Articles
Art History Databases
Asian Studies Databases
Tips for Finding Full Text Articles
Not every article you find in a database will be available in full text. If you come across one that’s not, just follow the black, white, and gold Tutt Link logo to find out if the full text appears in any other databases at Tutt Library or if you’ll need to request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Learn how to use Tutt Link to find full text.
If you can’t find the fulltext of an article using the Tutt Link button, especially when using the Bibliography of Asian Studies, be sure to stop by the reference desk for help.
Finding Art Images
ARTstor is a great source for art images, especially for older works. Be aware that the size of the image downloaded is limited, and won’t be the full-size, zoomable image you see in ARTstor. Check out the ARTstor Video Tutorial to learn more.
You can search directly for images by choosing the image search on the home page, or look for Image and Illustrations links on the pages for individual artists.
AICT has art and architectural images in the public domain (free access, free use). Images are referenced to important art history texts.
Art History Resources on the Web is a huge list of sites on the free, open web for art and art history, compiled by a professor of art history at Sweet Briar College, VA.
Art Institute of Chicago Asia collection.
has 35,000 objects from China, Korea, Japan, India, southwest Asia, and the Near and Middle East.
British Museum offers galleries plus articles on Asian culture, leaders, and related research projects.
Colorado College Art History Image Database is an image database maintained by the Art History Department.
flickr Commons has images with no known copyright restrictions from participating institutions.
Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art is aprt of the Smithsonian Institution and has numerous art objects from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, to name a few.
Image Collections and Online Art is a directory of image websites organized by geographic region.
Image Exchange: Online Resource for Teaching: has architectural images intended for educational use. Check out the guidelines to learn about use and restrictions.
Kyoto National Museum has an extensive online collection.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a collection that includes 17 Asian cultures and spans almost 5,000 years.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston offers one of the largest collections of Japanese art in the world plus an extensive collection of Chinese art.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides public access to its digitized collections.
OMuRAA Visual materials available on the websites of museum and arts-related educational institutions.
Princeton University Library Digital Collections has manuscripts, maps, posters, prints, etc.
Additional Japanese Art Resources
Collections of Japanese Art Online and in Print (Columbia University)
Early Photographs (Nichibunken Library)
Illustrations of Modern Folklore (Nichibunken Library)
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e (Library of Congress)
Japanese Art in Overseas Collections (Nichibunken Library)
Smithsonian Institution (search is for Japanese Art – feel free to revise)
University of Pittsburgh Barry Rosensteel Japanese Print Collection (126 woodblock prints)
Visual Resources for Japan (Duke University Libraries)
5000 Historic Maps for Students and Teachers (Florida Educational Technology Clearinghouse)
Map Resources (Royalty Free maps)
Tips for Scanning Images
You can scan images from books at the CAT Lab, located in the Learning Commons of Tutt Library.
Managing and Citing Your Research
You can easily compile and format your citations using RefWorks. Tutt Library has online RefWorks tutorials, an FAQ page, and classes every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Tutt Library. If you have any questions, feel free to ask the librarians at the reference desk, tutors at the CC Writing Center, or contact me for help.
Professor Bentley asks for citation (footnotes and bibliography) in the Chicago/Turabian documentation style. Tutt Library has the The Chicago Manual of Style online and in print (see locations), plus Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers. For a sample history research paper formatted in Chicago style, check out Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online.
Contact the Reference Desk, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., x6662, IM=tuttlibrarian
Contact Daryl Alder, Interim Interdisciplinary Programs Librarian, x6669, Tutt Library 201