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Art and Architecture History: ART 285

Welcome ART 285

Blaser_Speed of light

"Blaser--Speed of Light" by James Rosenquist (1999).  From the Larry Qualls archive, accessed through ARTstor.

Art-Specific Databases

Black World Studies Databases

African Art Journals

African Arts

NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art

Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture

Citing your Sources

Info about journals

"Is that journal peer-reviewed or scholarly?"  Find out more information about many journals in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

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  1. Search by journal TITLE or ISSN whenever possible
  2. Referee shirt icon means it's peer-reviewed
  3. Click on the journal title to see what kind of journal it is (under "Document type")

Where is the article?

Click on the "Find it!" icon to find more information about where to get the actual article once you find it in an index or database.

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If the article is available online, you will see a link to it.

If the article is available in print, you will see a library location (e.g. King Library) and a call number.  Go to that library's periodicals section and look up the call number.  Make sure you write down the volume, issue, and year of your article before you go.

If no copies are available, click on the link that says "InterLibrary Loan Options."  Click on "Journal Article" and fill out the info.  We will try to find the article for you and mail or email it to you.

How to evaluate a book

When selecting books for your bibliography, pay attention to the publisher as well as the type of book you are looking at.


  • Is it an academic (university) press?
  • Who is the author (feel free to Google them)?  What else have they written?
  • Is it associated with a museum?  What do you know about that museum?
  • When was this book published? 

Type of book:

  • Is it an exhibition catalog?  When/where was the exhibition? (Hint: check out the bibliography of recent major exhibition catalogs) 
  • Is it a catalogue raisonne?  Who compiled it?  When?  Is it exhaustive or specific?
  • Is it a critical work? 
  • Is it a primary source?

Find a Dissertation

Dissertation Abstracts (Proquest Digital Dissertations)

You may need to use InterLibrary loan to get the dissertation!