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Art and Architecture History: ART 312

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Genji monogatari emaki

Niou serenades Nakanokimi.  Detail from 12th century Genji monogatari emaki scroll. 

Find Books

  Kind of Materials Time needed
Miami catalog Books, videos, etc. at Miami (including
regional campuses and SW Depository)
0-3 days
OhioLINK catalog Books, videos, etc. in Ohio (e.g. at Ohio State,
at UC, at Kent State, etc.)
3-5 business days

(Interlibrary loan)

Books, videos, etc. at universities or libraries
outside of Ohio (e.g. in Michigan or Illinois)
5+ days

Finding Articles

General Indexes

Art-specific Indexes

Asia-specific Indexes


  • ARTstor (over 1 million images from museums and private collections)


General tips for using Indexes

  1. Use "boolean" searching.  For example:
    (japonisme OR japonism) AND (printmaking OR painting)
  2. Use truncation if appropriate
    catalog* = catalog, catalogue, catalogs, catalogues, cataloging
      ! be careful !  art* = art, arts, artist, articulate, artichoke...
  3. Limit your search options if you have too many hits.  For example:
    --> In JSTOR: use the Advanced Search to limit to "Articles," and to limit to Art History and Asian Studies journals

Info about journals

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

Ulrich's periodicals directory logo


  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")

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 critical work? 
  • Is it a primary source?
  • How old is the book?