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Art and Architecture History: ART 230B

Tips and Tricks

Start early to allow time for getting materials not available through Miami. 

If you can't find a copy of something you need, try OhioLINK or interlibrary loan. 

If you aren't finding the articles in the resources listed below, broaden your search by using Academic Search Complete (one of the broadest databases the library has) or try using the Articles and More tab on the library homepage (which searches all 519 library databases at the same time).

WorldCat is another option to broaden your search. WorldCat is, quite literally, a world catalog and will show you results from library collections and archives across the globe. You can then order these resources through interlibrary loan or contact the archive owning the material for access.

All of these various databases will have different interfaces and options. Oftentimes, you can limit your results by things like date and region, which can be helpful. If you aren't finding these options on the homepage, look for an "advanced search" tab.

When you find a good resource, especially a scholarly book or article, check it's bibliography for additional sources.

Finally, I am also your resource! Please reach out with any questions you have. I love finding things!

Research in local/regional/state archives and libraries

Once you have chosen your monument, you can use Google to find local, regional, and state archives that might have information on your monument. These could potentially be digital or hardcopy. You can use keywords like the location of your monument (city, county, and/or state) and phrases like "digital archive", "archive", "historical newspapers" and/or "library."  The local or state library where your monument is located might also have materials. If these materials are not available online, you can try getting a copy through interlibrary loan or contacting the institution directly. Historical societies might also have resources.

Researching local/regional artists

If the artist of your monument isn't well known, you will need to look at regional and state resources. For example, Wertz has a book on Ohio Artists in its reference collection that lists citations for many local and regional artists that can be challenging to find in other places. While we don't have a book on, say, Georgia. A university in Georgia might. You can look in WorldCat and then order the text through Interlibrary loan. Regional museums or historical societies might also have resources, as might local, regional, and state newspapers. 

Civil War Monuments Databases

Links to resources listed on the assignment guide

Additional Resources

Newspaper Articles

For more recent articles

History and Civil War Databases

Art History Databases

Artstor and JSTOR have merged interfaces. JSTOR searches now return images, or you can search for images only by using the images tab above the main search bar. 

Art and Humanities Librarian

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Stefanie Hilles
Office Hours
3:15-4:45, Wednesdays, Art Building Lobby
No office hours will be held on Apr. 10th, or Apr. 17th. Office hours on Apr. 24th will end at 4:00.
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Wertz Art and Architecture Library
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Civil War Biographies

Subject Headings

Soldiers' monuments -- Southern States

1861-1865 -- Monuments

Confederate monuments

Monuments -- Political aspects

Confederate States of America -- Monuments 

1861-1865 -- Monuments -- Moral and ethical aspects

Soldiers' monuments -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Southern States

Confederate States of America -- Monuments -- Guidebooks

Monuments -- Southern States -- Guidebooks

Zine Resources

You can check out the zine cart at Wertz Art and Architecture Library during open hours. Open hours can be found at this link. Just ask at the circulation desk for the zine cart, which has various supplies (glue, scissors, paper, collage materials, markers, colored pencils, ect.) that you can use to make hardcopy zines. Pay-for-print (both b&w and color) are also available with MUlaa.