VPA 313 Library Guide

Regional Art History

Research process

Information literacy tutorials:

Tutorial One - choosing your topic

Tutorial Two - searching for information

Tutorial Three - identifying different types of information

Tutorial Four - evaluating information

How Do I ...

"How Do I ..." provides help on how to look for and use various library resources and services.

Ask a Librarian:

Eddy Hogan, Coordinator of Collection Development, is the Library's liaison to Visual & Public Art. Once your senior capstone project has been approved, you may request a one-on-one, in-person consultation with Mr. Hogan to explore relevant information resources. Pre-capstone research assistance from a librarian is available in a variety of ways.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Art & Art History and California & Local History.


Books in the CSUMB Library

The CSUMB Library Catalog lists books and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection. Use the links below for quick lists of books and videos on:

California art

Mural painting in California

Photography in California

Women artists in California

Architecture in California

Reference books

Contemporary American Women Sculptors. Ref NB212 .W37 1986

Contemporary Women Artists. Ref N8354.C66 1999

Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers. Ref N6536 .F5 1986

The Dictionary of Art. Ref N31.D5 1996 (34 volumes, also available in Art Online)

Dictionary of Women Artists. Ref N8354.D53 1997

Encyclopedia of American Architecture. Ref NA705 .P3 1995

Encyclopedia of American Folk Art. Ref NK805.E6 2004

The Encyclopedia of Sculpture. Ref NB198 .E53 2004

An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Ref N8214.5.U6 K68 1998

North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century. Ref N6503 .N67 1995

St. James Guide to Black Artists. Ref N40.S78 1997

St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists. Ref N6538.H58 S7 2002

Books at other libraries

First try...

CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Then try...

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.


Search article databases


Academic OneFile - useful for all topics

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics

Humanities International Index - art, art history, architecture [also covers humanities]

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - art, art history, architecture [also covers humanities, social sciences]

Others to consider:

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

Historical Abstracts - world history

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

MLA Bibliography - literature [also covers folklore, linguistics]

Newsbank - California newspapers, including the Monterey County Herald (2002-present) and the San Jose Mercury News (1985-present)

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, Find Journals by Title, and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources.


Art museums in California

ArtCyclopedia: Art Museums in California

Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)

The California Museum (Sacramento)

California Museum of Photography (Riverside)

Center for Photographic Art (Carmel)

City of Monterey Museums (Colton Hall Museum, Old Monterey Jail, Presidio of Monterey, Alvarado Gallery)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Mingei International Museum of Folk Arts & Crafts (San Diego)

Monterey Museum of Art

Museum of Art & History (Santa Cruz)

Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)

Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)

Oakland Museum of California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Jose Art Museum (San Jose State University)

San Jose Museum of Art

UC Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)

Art galleries & artists in California

Art California: California Visual Artists

Art-Collecting.com: Northern California Art Galleries

Art-Collecting.com: Southern California Art Galleries



See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Evaluating Websites & Internet Resources and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources

See also the CSUMB Library's selection of Internet links on: Images and California & Local History

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