Library Resources for A&HA 5005, Visual Arts Research

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Mary Hafeli’s Fall 2014 course A&HA 5005, Visual Arts Research Methods.  The resources, primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., to explore “qualitative research methods and methodologies grounded in the practices, theories and contexts of the visual arts.”  This guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Journals

Federated Search Engines

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

E-Collections (Images, Text, Etc.)

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Columbia University Libraries

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.



Online Catalogs

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries.  To find works pertaining to art, art education, and related topics,  it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Aesthetics — Study and teaching
  • Art — Research
  • Art — Study and teaching — Research
  • Art in education
  • Arts and society
  • Visual communication
  • Visual communication in art

EDUCAT – The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO – A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries’ holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

WorldCat – A union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.

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Periodical Indexes

Academic Search Premier – A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.  PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.  See also Academic Search Complete, a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.  The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

Art Source – This database covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative, and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design; features full-text articles as well as detailed indexing and abstracts for an array of journals, books, podcasts, and more.

Art Index Retrospective – Index to periodical literature in art  published from 1929 to 1984.

ARTbibliographies Modern – Citations and abstracts for publications on modern and contemporary art (20th-21st centuries).

Bibliography of the History of Art/International Bibliography of Art – Citations and abstracts for articles in Western art history periodicals and other publications.

ERIC – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs.  In addition to this version, made available via the CSA Illumina platform, also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text – Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retro – Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Education Research Complete – Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Humanities and Social Sciences Retro – Provides coverage of journal articles in the humanities and social sciences from 1907 through 1984.

Humanities Full Text – Abstracts, bibliographic indexing, and full text from scholarly sources and specialized magazines in the humanities. Indexing begins in 1984, full-text coverage in 1995.

Periodicals Archive Online – Archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

ProQuest – Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly  journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, searchDigital Dissertations, a subset of ProQuest.

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Journals

International Journal of Art and Design Education:  via TC; via Columbia

Journal of Aesthetic Education:  via TC; via Columbia

Journal of Curriculum Studies:  via TC; via Columbia

Journal of Teacher Education:  via TC; via Columbia

Studies in Art Education:  via TC; via Columbia

Visual Arts Research:  via TC; via Columbia

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Federated Search Engines

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) – To search some or all of our periodical indexes, plus EDUCAT and CLIO, simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999)

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)

E-Resources

Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) – The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art – Deals with all subject areas in American fine art:  architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art, new media art, and art education; includes biographies of major artists, architects, and patrons.

Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts – Contains over 3,000 entries covering thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures.

Oxford Art Online (formerly Grove Art Online) – Searchable database of biographies, bibliographies, and image resources from Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.


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E-Collections (Images, Text, Etc.)

Alexander Street Press Databases – Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender), American Film Scripts Online (a searchable full-text database of screenplays and shooting scripts), Dance in Video (streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century), North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950), Opera in Video (streaming video database containing important opera performances), Theatre in Video (containing performances of the world’s leading plays and film documentaries in streaming video), and many others.

American Memory – A rich collection of images and full-text documents relating to U.S. history and culture from the Library of Congress.

ARTstor – Digital images of architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, design and material culture.

CAMIO – Catalog of Art Museum Image Online is a growing collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.

Columbia Image Bank – The Image Bank covers a broad range of subjects, cultures and periods. Users may access outstanding examples of the visual arts and material culture from the world’s major collections; stills of performance pieces; and photographs, drawings and renderings of architecture and sites.  Available as a hosted collection in ARTstor (see above).

Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections – digitized versions of diverse Columbia University Libraries collections, including a number of important art and image collections across cultures and historical periods.

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Education; Fine Arts; History; Language and Literature;  Psychology; Religion, etc., and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

JSTOR – An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery – Images from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library.

Teachers College Art Collections – With over 1,000 digital images, this online resource represents the library’s entire collection of art. These images are a resource for both teaching and research, as well as a historical representation of the College’s dedication to art and art education.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

The Art Teacher’s Desktop Reference (1994)

Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd Edition, 2000)

Handbook of Research and Policy in Art Education (2004)

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts (1997) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research:  Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues (2008)

Handbook of Visual Analysis (2001)

Research in Art and Design Education:  Issues and Examplars (2008)

Research Methods and Methodologies for Art Education (1997)

Visual Arts Research:  A Handbook (1986)

E-Resources

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts – This  handbook brings together state-of-the-art research and practice on the evolving view of literacy as encompassing not only reading, writing, speaking, and listening, but also the multiple ways through which learners gain access to knowledge and skills.

International Handbook of Research in Arts Education – Comprised of 103 chapters, organized into 13 sections, each focusing on a major area or issue in arts education research:  history; curriculum; evaluation; composition; appreciation; museums and cultural centers; informal learning; child culture; social and cultural issues; the body; creativity; technology; and spirituality.

Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the humanities, social sciences, and business and management, see research handbooks and companions in ArtLiterature, and other subject areas.

Visualizing Research:  A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design – This book aims to guide postgraduate students in art and design through the research process.  The book describes and evaluates appropriate strategies for undertaking research in art and design, and it may help to embed research experience into contemporary practice.

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Reviews of Research

Review of Educational Research – A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.

Review of Research in Education – A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

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Citation Indexes

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science – Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

  • See also our library’s Citation Indexes video tutorial on citation searching via the Web of Science and Google Scholar.

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Digital Archives

Academic Commons – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive – A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge – The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library’s collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

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Columbia University Libraries

You will find a complete alphabetical listing of Columbia University Libraries collections and services by clicking on the LOCATIONS tab on the top page of the Columbia University Libraries website.  You may want to explore the websites of individual Columbia libraries for descriptions of distinctive collections, subject and research guides, and other valuable information and resources readily available online.  Columbia University libraries you may find of special value to you include the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the Barnard College Library, and Butler Library, the main humanities and history library, but we recommend scanning the full list of arts and humanities, social sciences, and science libraries in the Columbia system for other collections of possible interest to you.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of BibDesk, EndNote, Papers, Mendeley, and Zotero, including a comparison of their relative merits, produced by the Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Science Center.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian a Question – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library’s Knowledge Database.

E-Reserves – Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery – The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

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