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Art Practice: Overview


This guide is designed to steer 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. The Library staff is also committed to helping you one-on-one, ordering material for your research, and considering all purchase suggestions.

Useful Quick Links:

Library catalog, click HERE.
Art Practice databases, click HERE.
Luna image collections, click HERE.
Copyright and Appropriation guide, click HERE.

Shrug by Theaster Gates, 2014

Find the Right Resource

Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries):

  • Basic overview of subject 
  • Quick lookup of factual information
  • Recommendations for more in-depth information  


  • In-depth research 
  • Analysis of an issue's context
  • Historical information  


  • Narrowly focused analysis
  • Detailed findings from individual studies
  • Current information on a topic

Images and Videos:

  • Visual learning option
  • Technology instruction
  • Curated image collections provide high-quality images for research

Material Samples:

  • Tactile interaction with textiles, metals, plastics, wood, glass, tiles, paper
  • Company color swatches and color systems 
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