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Art History: Home

Five essential databases

Librarian for the School of Art

Amy Fry
Jerome Library 230

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About the Library

The Library is located next to the art building. We have books, journals, DVDs and special collections as well as online databases.

Many art and architecture books are located on the first floor of the library in the N's; photography can be found on the 8th floor in the T's. Don't forget the oversized books! Also on the first floor, these contain many of the best images.

To check out books, use your BGSU ID.

The library has print journals from 1997 to the present. Older volumes can be requested from the Depository. Print journals are on the first floor in alphabetical order by title. In addition, there are magazines and fanzines like Art Freak and Flygirl in the Music Library and Popular Culture Library.

Current issues of print journals cannot usually be checked out, but the library has scanners and color copiers on the first floor. Older issues (bound volumes) can be checked out.

DVDs and videos
DVDs and videos are on the first floor by the oversized books, in the Popular Culture Library, and online.

Students can check out first-floor DVDs and videos for one week and DVDs from the Popular Culture Library for 3 days.

Online databases
Databases are the best way to find articles, but they are good for finding books and images, too. Databases for art historians are mostly in the Arts & Humanities and Image & Media lists. See the box on this page called "Five Essential Databases" for a few really good ones, or click on the Articles tab for more options.

Log in from off campus using your BGSU e-mail username and password.

Special collections

Don't forget our Special Collections!
You may not be able to take all of these materials out of the library, but you can usually photograph, copy or scan them.

Popular Culture Library
The Browne Popular Culture Library, on the 4th floor, has a wealth of visual materials, including graphic novels, zines, comic books, posters, postcards, magazines and more.

Music Library
The Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives, on the 3rd floor, has album art, posters, and zines as well as music.

Curriculum Resource Center
The Curriculum Resource Center, on the 2nd floor, has puppets, games, picture files, illustrated children's books, pop-up books, K-12 teaching aids, and the Ellison Machine, which will punch out an amazing variety of shapes from paper or cloth.