|...resources in the Drain-Jordan Library, West Virginia State University|
|How do I get started?||Our Reference Department is a great place to get started ; it has subject specific dictionaries, handbooks, field guides and encyclopedias which will help you define and focus upon your research topic. Reference librarians are on duty at all hours and they are willing and able to assist you. Fine Arts and Art History materials use LC call number range N (Fine Arts).|
|INDEXES||Art Index, paper. Main Lobby and Periodical Room
(older years). Index to domestic and foreign publications
including yearbooks and museum bulletins. Subject areas include art history, architecture, archaeology,
graphic arts, photography, ceramic, weaving and related subjects in the visual arts. The library has the index from volume 1, January 1929.
Information about artists and art techiques is usually valid for long periods and tends
to run in cycles. The paper index provides sources from earlier years not
included in the electronic indexes listed below.
|Where do I find the periodicals?||Use our "Periodical Holdings List". We publish a list of our periodicals each semester and scatter them throughout the library. This alphabetical list tells you what titles we own, the years and volumes, and the format. Library staff will help you find the titles in our Periodicals Room. Periodicals cannot be checked out, but may be photocopied.|
|REFERENCE BOOKS||Here are just a few of the many reference titles that may help you.
|CIRCULATING BOOKS||You may wish to find additional material on an artist, technique, or subject
in the circulating books. To locate items search the Chameleon
using the internet. The catalog allows simple (Title Author Subject
Keyword) searches and more complex boolean searches. The (search) type
has a drop down menu for selection of the field type to search. Select
subject as the type followed by
the subject of your paper or presentation. If your subject term
does not produce results, check the Library of Congress Subject Headings, the "Big Red" books,
located in the lobby area. They list the terms used by the catalog and suggest additional search terms
and browsing Call Number ranges.|
The library also has a limited number of "art prints" in the catalog. A search with the artist as the subject should bring them up.
A large number of art books are oversized and therefore are located in the QTO section. (The QTO books are shelved at the backwall of the Reference Room and CAN circulate.)
|INTERNET RESOURCES||A few resources to start from:|
Art History Resources on the Web witcombe.bcpw.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html
Comprehensive list of web links organized by time period. Maintained by Chris Qitcombe at Sweet Briar College, Virginia.
Fine Arts World Resources Page www.library.ubc.ca/finearts/Fine.html
this Pathfinder located at http://library.wvstateu.edu/pathfind/pathart.html