Art Research Guide

Find about topics in fine and applied art, terminology, techniques, periods, styles, including images. Need more information?  A librarian can help.

CoolCAT    FDU Online Library catalog contains information about the visual arts found in print, electronic books, dvds, videos and in other materials available at Giovatto through our FDU Libraries. Search by keyword, subject, and artist or choose from other search options.

Giovatto Library books are on the shelves in call number order using the Library of Congress classification system. For browsing in the collection see the general areas in art below.

GT  Costume. Dress. Fashion

N    Visual arts

NA  Architecture

NB  Sculpture

NC  Drawing. Design. Illustration

ND  Painting

NE  Print media

NF  Art law

NK  Decorative arts

NX  Arts in general

TP  Chemical technology. Ceramics/pottery

TR  Photography. Computer graphics

TT  Handicrafts. Arts and crafts. Fashion


Art encyclopedias and art history resources are a good starting point to get an overview of your topic.

General art resources in print and online.  


Oxford Art Online. A database for art with images and text from ancient times to present. Choose FDU Online Library from the FDU Library webpage for database access.


Janson’s History of Art. Giovatto (FDU) Reserve Book  N5300 .J3 2007

Gardener’s Art through the ages. Giovatto (FDU) New Bookshelf N5300 .G25 2009

Civilisation. Kenneth Clark. (DVD) Giovatto(FDU)Reserve CB15 .C58555738566 2006


Subject specific art publications.


A Global History of Architecture. Francis D.K.Ching. E-Book and in print. Giovatto(FDU) NA200 .C493

History of Art in Africa. Monica Visona. Giovatto (FDU) Oversize Stacks N7380 .H54 2001



To find published articles in art journals, magazines and newspapers, look for your topic in printed indexes or in the computer indexes found in our FDU Online Library databases.

 For article computer indexes covering art, choose FDU Online Library from the FDU Library webpage for access to databases listed below. Search by keyword, artist or select other options.

Academic Search Premier


Lexis/Nexis Academic


Additional FDU Online Library databases covering art.



Credo Reference

Popular Culture Universe

Literature Resource Center

Literary Reference Center


Areas of specialization in art.



Art careers           Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Art  education     ERIC lesson plans covering art

Art therapy          PsychARTICLES


Art news and current trends may be viewed in print through the Giovatto Periodicals department in the following publications, the Arts Section each Friday and Sunday in The New York Times, Art News, Art in America and Artist’s Magazine. The Art Newspaper is available at Madison (FDU) Periodicals.


How to cite your sources in the visual arts.  Citation style guides are found by searching CoolCAT, the FDU Online Library catalog. Ask your instructor which citation style you should use for your assignment.


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research. Giovatto (FDU) Ready Reference LB2369 .G53 2009


On copyright in the visual arts.  Search the non-FDU web resource through the open web , below.

U.S. Copyright Office  The Copyright’s Office website includes circulars, brochures, forms, factsheets, reports and studies on copyright and access to copyright registrations from 1978 to present.




Prepared by Patricia Murray


August 2012


Giovatto Library Research Guides