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Visual Studies

This guide will help you with research related to art history and visual culture.

Welcome to the Visual Studies Research Guide!

This guide is intended to help researchers find the resources they need by providing links to library resources, article and image databases, and other reference tools for visual studies and art history.

Paul Klee, Municipal Jewel, 1917, watercolor, gouache, and graphite on gesso on paper mounted on cardboard, 6 5/8" x 10 1/4", Metropolitan Museum of New York.

Online Resources for Visual Studies

These databases are our best bets for visual studies research, but they represent just a few of the databases licensed by the CCA Libraries for student, faculty, and staff research. You can also check out our complete list of online resources.

Citing Online Reference Entries

MLA Style

Format

Author. "Entry Title." Title of Encyclopedia, Date Published, Online Platform, URL.

Example

Chadwick, Whitney and Amy Lyford. "Tanning, Dorothea." Grove Art Online, accessed on 26 Feb. 2018, Oxford Art Online, https://doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T083275.

Chicago Manual of Style

Format

1. Title of Encyclopedia, s.v. "Entry Title," [by authors if named], date of access, URL.

Example

1. Grove Art Online, s.v. “Tanning, Dorothea,” by Whitney Chadwick and Amy Lyford, accessed Feb. 26, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T083275.

The Chicago Manual of Style recommends only listing citations of reference entries in notes and omitting them from bibliographies.

Citing Print Books

MLA Style

Format

Author. Title of book. Publisher, year published.

Example

Tanning, Dorothea. Birthday. Lapis Press, 1986.

If you are citing a chapter or essay from a multi-author book, your citation requires additional information.

Format

Author. "Title of section." Title of Book, edited by [Editor's Name], publisher, year published, page range of section.

Example

Tanning, Dorothea. "From 'Blind Date.'" Surrealist Painters and Poets: An Anthology, edited by Mary Ann Caws, MIT Press, 2001, p. 401.

Chicago Manual of Style

Note

1. Author, Title of Book (City of Publisher, Publisher, Year Published), page #.

Bibliography

Author. Title of Book. City of Publisher: Publisher, year published.

For more information about citing online articles, see the CCA Libraries Citation Guide.

Citing Artstor Images

MLA Style

Format

Artist. Name of artwork. Year Produced, Location. Container.

Example

Tanning, Dorothea. Self-portrait. 1944, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Artstor Digital Library. 

Chicago Manual of Style

Note

1. Dorothea Tanning, Self-portrait, 1944, oil on canvas, 24 in. x 30 in., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, http://library.artstor.org/#/asset/AWSS35953_35953_37655342.

Bibliography

Tanning, Dorothea. Self-portrait, 1944. Oil on canvas, 24 in. x 30 in. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

Recommended Websites

The following websites offer additional information and resources for Visual Studies.