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ARTS 4419: The Arts of Colonial Mexico and Peru

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  • Reference
  • Books & Exhibition Catalogs
  • Articles & Magazines
  • Images
  • Cite

Finding Reference Sources

Reference sources such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great tool to get acquainted with many topics quickly.
They will give you a basic overview of a topic to give you the background and to help you get started. They are also a quick way to get enough information on topics that are only tangentially related to your paper. They also contain bibliographies, that is lists of helpful sources, to kickstart your research.

Oxford Art Online

Includes extensive biographies on artists and other encyclopedia entries. Best to place to get background on painters and other Latin American Colonial artists.


Oxford Reference

Good articles on Mesoamerican Topics, brush up on any Aztec God's you've forgotten about.


Reference Universe

Searches across the Library's print and e-book reference sources. Good place to go if the others fail you.



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Finding Books

Books will be a key resource in writing your paper. But in many books you'll only want a small part or one essay in a collection, these can be tricky to locate especially when not all of the books have searchable tables of content.
Library Catalogs


Chinook is the catalog for books and other materials owned by the CU Libraries.You'll find collected works, exhibition catalogs, but individual Articles are not in Chinook. Request any checked out books via Prospector.



Worldcat will search most American libraries and some foreign libraries. If the book exists you'll most likely find it here. You can request books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), there will be a link in the Worldcat to "Request from ILLiad."


Google Books

Allows you to search within a book for content. This is important if you want to go deeper than the title or subject descriptors. Use this to find out if books mention a very specfic subject or idea. Once you find a book, check our library to see if we own that book.


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Finding Articles

Latin American art is incredibly interdisciplinary. Articles can best be found in indexes that focus on specific subject areas. These indexes gather many articles from one discipline. You might need to search art or anthopology or latin american studies databases.

Article Indexes

Art Full Text

The standard art history index that covers the most dates, indexing begins in the 1920's


Bibliography of the History of Art

The most comprehensive art database covering over a thousand scholarly journals from the 70's through 2007


Hapi: Hispanic American periodicals index

Excellent source for literature that deals with latin america, is searchable in English and has English and Spanish articles


For Articles about Pre-Columbia Meso and South America:


Anthropology plus

Find archaelogical and anthropological scholarly articles here.


Bibliografía Mesoamericana

A great source for articles on Mesoamerican topics.


Full Text Search:



A full-text archive of important scholarly publications in the humanities and social sciences. It covers far fewer journals and so is best used when you need to be able to search the full-text of articles. It often lacks the most recent five years of a journal.



Does your paper intersect with topics beyond Art, Anthopology or Latin American Studies?


Check out all our databases organized by subject here.



Accessing Resources from Off Campus
In order to use the databases listed below (and any other licensed resources provided by the library), you MUST download, install, and run VPN software. For more information about VPN, please see the library's page on Off Campus Access.



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Finding Images

Images are important to both illustrate your points and as primary sources to be analysed. Using high-quality images and finding details can be vital to performing a visual analysis.


The VRC offers many important services for images, as well as guides for finding images in the deep web. They will also help you make high quality scans from books. The VRC has prepared an image guide for your class here.


You can also use the library's How do I Find Images Guide for more image resources.

Image Databases


Over one million images of visual and material culture, ARTstor is the best resource for finding high-quality images of art. Best used for more mainstream architects.


CU Digital Library

Images digitized by the University Library and Visual Resources centers. The architecture and planning collection contains 100,000 images.



Images of Mesoamerican Codices, and other research resources


Google Image Search

Use advanced search options to limit to large size image.



A place to find crowd-sourced images of buildings, parks, and landscapes.


Go on to citing your sources >>


Chicago Style

Chicago Style is the standard for Art History. You can use its footnotes to comment on your sources or to insert information that would otherwise break the flow of your essay.


You can use the OWL online guide to Chicago Style to help you format your biblioraphy. The library also has access to the official Online Chicago Manual

Automate your Bibliography

There are several programs available that allow you to save citations you find on the web and automaticaly generate bibliographies. Using them at the outset of your research means you won't have to go back. These are huge time savers!
Citation Managers


A web-based citation management tool that allows you to save citations and retrieve them later using "Find it at CU" buttons. Citations from most databases can be easily exported directly to RefWorks. It also creates and formats bibliographies automatically using the citations you store in it.



A Firefox plugin that easily captures citations from library catalogs and article databases. Integrates with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to generate bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations. Allows annotation and the generation of annotated bibliographies



Stand alone software that allows you to organize your citations, add pdf's, and annotate. Integrates with word processing software.