Popular Searches

Getting Started

The following resources can be helpful places to start at the beginning of the research process.

Studio art reference books

Online resources

  • Art21: Learn from and about contemporary artists.
  • Artcyclopedia: Search and browse through this encyclopedia of artists and art movements.
  • Credo Reference: A great starting point for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.
  • Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.


The following databases and journals are useful places to search for art-related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.



Search for journals that cover studio art topics by using our Publication Finder tool. You can search for specific journals by title, subject, and more.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries.


Books from Lane Library

Search for books in our collection through Lane Library’s catalog. You can find books with art-specific subject headings below:

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.

Image and Visual Resources

  • Artstor Public Collections: 1.3 million freely accessible images, videos, documents, and audio files from library special collections, faculty research, and institutional history materials, as well as hundreds of thousands of open access images from partner museums.
  • Digital Public Library of America: Millions of texts, images, audio and video files, and other primary source materials digitized by libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections: Browse the freely accessible maps, images, and files making up the digital collections of The Library of Congress.
  • The Met Open Access Artwork: Browse more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works in The Met collection that can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.
  • National Gallery of Art Images: A repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. More than 51,000 open digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.
  • Openverse: Over 500 million freely available images, all of which can be reused.
  • Smithsonian Open Access: Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
  • Wikimedia Commons: A collection of more than 75 million freely usable image, audio, and video files.

Writing Guides and Citations

Peter Conlon

Conlon, Peter

Assistant Librarian - Access Services

[email protected]