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Art Practice: Overview


This guide is designed to introduce the Art Practice student to Library resources that pertain more specifically to their concentrations. If you are conducting research for a course outside of your department (e.g. Liberal Arts), a different guide may be appropriate. Library staff are available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss Library resources related to your coursework or studio practice.

Useful Links:

Library catalog
Art Practice databases
Luna image collections
Copyright and Appropriation guide

How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare by Joseph Beuys, 1965

Find the Right Resource

Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries):

  • Quick overview of artists, art movements, techniques, and more


  • In-depth research 
  • Exhibitions, collections, and individual artists' work
  • Mediums and techniques
  • Historical context  


  • Detailed findings from individual studies
  • Current information on a topic
  • Exhibition reviews

Images and Videos:

  • Curated image collections provide high-quality images for research

Material Samples:

  • Tactile interaction with textiles, metals, plastics, wood, glass, tiles, paper, and more
  • Color systems 
College for Creative Studies website