Course: HUM 160: Introduction to Arts

Professor Marlena Karami

Mona Lisa

This guide is designed to help you research Art topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)


17th and 18th century art; baroque painting, sculpture, architecture.
N6415 .B3 H4 (Oversize, 2 volumes)
Julius S. Held and Donald Posner

19th century art. N6425 .N4 R65 1984 (Oversize)

Abstract & surrealist art in America. N6512.5 .A2 J36 1969

The age of the avant-garde; an art chronicle of 1956-1972. N6447 .K72 1973

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American Negro art. N6538 .N5 D6 1960

American Indian art. E98 .A7 F38 1973

Reference Books

Bridgeman Art Library Archive

Guide to Art

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Beauty and Art : 1750-2000

Art Power


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about art.



Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 471,000 articles mentioning "art", 312,000 articles mentioning modern art, and 210,000 mentioning contemporary art.

BPL Art Databases

Art databases from the Boston Public Library. You can use your RCC library barcode for access.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A World of Art (52 minutes)

Abstract Art (29 mintutes)

Web sites

There are many good art web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley Universityhas a very good guide.

Web sites

  • The Google Art Project allows users to virtually visit a collection of museums around the world, including Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, The Palace of Versailles, Florence's Uffizi Museum and more. Images include Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus," Cézanne's "Bathers," Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" and many more.
  • Whitney Museum of American Art includes current, upcoming, past, touring and artport exhibitions.
  • The Guggenheim Museum Collection Online features a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. The site currently contains over 700 artworks by nearly 300 artists from the Guggenheim’s overall permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks.
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston contains links to explore current and upcoming exhibitions, permanent collections and archives of past events and exhibitions.
  • Museum of Fine Arts images collection includes over 160,000 images of works from the MFA's collection.
  • Mass MoCA, the largest center for contemporary arts in the United States, is housed on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings in North Adams, MA. Current, upcoming, and ongoing events as well as archives are searchable.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection database includes over 330,000 images of works from their collection.
  • The Smithsonian Institution has allows users to search their vast databases of collections, exhibitions and encyclopedia. The collection alone contains over 6.4 million records with 536,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives, and libraries.
  • The Museum of Modern Art allows users to browse their collections, publications, multimedia and film.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago provides some highlights of their collection on their website.Images are accompanied by short descriptions.
  • The Louvre allows access to multiple databases, including an online illustrated inventory of the Department of Prints and Drawings, Atlases and more. Some content is in French.
  • The British Museum offers many options for exploring their collections and exhibitions remotely, as well as the ability to search over 1,800,000 objects in the museum's collection database.
  • Portrait of Black Chicago- Online exhibit from the National Archives From June through October 1973 and briefly during the spring of 1974, John H. White, a 28-year-old photographer with the Chicago Daily News, worked for the federal government photographing Chicago, especially the city`s African American community. White took his photographs for the Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) DOCUMERICA project. In 1982 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
  • The National Gallery of ArtChoose a tour by school or medium and explore the National Gallery's collections of painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and decorative arts. Artists include Degas, Vermeer, Christo and many more.
  • The Odysseus Project is a Boston based group that has two exhibits currently online- The Hidden Cost of War and Finding Home. The Odysseus Project's mission is: To encourage art as a means of communication between those who have experienced conflict first hand, and those who have not.

  • Banksy is a British street artist whose recognizable style and satirical and subversive political messages have made him one of the most famous artists currently producing work.
  • Shepard Fairey is best known for his "Andre the Giant has a Posse" and red, white and blue portrait of Obama with the word "Hope" below it.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 03/23/11 by Wiliam Hoag: and Quinn Eureka.