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COM 101: Art Research Resources

Resources for COM 101 Class


Complete Database List

  • Databases contain scholarly journals & magazines, eBooks, and more
  • If you need help navigating the databases, contact the librarian at or stop by the library!
  • If you are off-campus, you will need the Login/Password. Email

We have many different databases that you can search within to find articles. You can narrow down which databases to search in by selecting the specific group related to the subject area of your research topic. If you are uncertain about what subject area your topic falls under, you can use the "Search all databases" search box in the top right. You can also consult with your instructor or the librarian for help!


General Databases

  • ProQuest Central
    • The ultimate cross-disciplinary research tool, ProQuest Central brings together highly used databases to create the largest single academic research resource available today.
  • Gale Academic Onefile
    • Gale Academic OneFile contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.
  • Credo Reference
    • Partnering with many of the world's leading publishers, Credo Reference combines publishing expertise with the latest digital technologies to unlock the knowledge value of reference material. There are over 270 titles consisting of an aggregate of 3.1 million entries all interconnected by over 100,000,000 links. 

Art-Specific Databases

General Art Information Resources

Resources from around the web for learning more about artists and art history:

Google Search Tips

Having trouble finding relevant results on Google? Try these search tips:

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Search for an exact match

  • When you use quotation marks, you are telling Google to search the words between the quotation marks exactly how they appear 
  • Search Tip: Finding too much information when you type an artist into Google? Using quotation marks around the artist’s name can help narrow the number of results, as can adding keywords outside the quotation marks.

"Romantic symbolism"

"to be or not to be"

“Claude Monet”

“Claude Monet” watercolor

“Claude Monet” artist


Narrow search results to a specific type of website

  • Use the operator site: in your search to narrow your search to a specific type of websites such as .org, .gov, .edu, etc.

claude monet                                                


Exclude certain words from your search results

  • Put - in front of a word you want to leave out

football -soccer