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Librarian for Art History

Karlyn Schumacher | (920)-748-8750 | [email protected]

Access Librarian Karlyn Schumacher

Access Services Librarian Lane Library Departments: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Course, Reserves

Librarian for Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and Studio Art.

Getting Started

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

Art history reference books
The Dictionary of Art/ Call number: N31 .D5 2002 v.1-34

The Grove Encyclopedia of Art and Architecture/ Call number: N5610 .G76 2007 v.1-2

The HarperCollins Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques/ Call number: N33 .M37 1991

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists/ Call number: N6505.M59 O93 2007

The Oxford Dictionary of Art / Call number: N33 .O93 1997

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art / Call number: N7560.H34 D52 2008

Online reference sources

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 books, e-books, and articles in one place.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (The Metropolitan Museum of Art): A chronology of art history from around the world.


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

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO): Covers a wide range of academic disciplines, with more than 8600 periodicals available in full text.

Directory of Open Access Journals: An interdisciplinary database of free, full-text, scholarly journals.

Humanities International Complete: Broad coverage of humanities disciplines, with over 1200 full-text journals and books.

JSTOR: A full-text archive of over 400 scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.

ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.

Below you will find lists of academic journals helpful for doing research in biology. Journals in this list are available to you through Lane Library.

Architecture: Journals classified with the subject “architecture.”

Decorative Arts, Applied Arts, Crafts: Journals classified with the subject “decorative arts, applied arts, crafts.”

Fine Arts: Journals classified with the subject “fine arts.”

Painting: Journals classified with the subject “painting.”

Sculpture: Journals classified with the subject “sculpture.”


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

Discovery Search: Search books, e-books, and articles in one place.

WorldCat: find books that Ripon College does not have in WorldCat and request them through interlibrary loan.

Images and visual resources

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.

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.

Writing Guides and Citations

Art History Writing Guide: Art-specific writing guide from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Writing in Art History: Writing and citation tips for art history from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).