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ARTH 4919: Art and War

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Finding Contemporary Art & Artists

Contemporary Artists Index

When you search by artist it will list all the catalogs that include them. A great source for hard-to-find artists. Search for the books you find in Chinook or Worldcat.



Its extensive nature and frequent updating make Wikipedia one of the only places for information about some obscure and current artists. Check the bibliography!


Google Books

Allows you to search within a book for content. This is important for contemporary artists as they might be mentioned in Biennals or Exhibition Catalogs, but not be a main focus of the book. Once you find a book, check our library to see if we own that book.



Worldcat will search most American libraries and some foreign libraries. If there is a book published on your artist or group you would find it here. You can request books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), there will be a link in the Worldcat to "Request from ILLiad."



Art Databases

ArtBibliographies Modern
Articles on modern and contemporary art. Covers both scholarly and popular art magazines. You can find interviews, articles, exhibition reviews and more here. Good for modern and contemporary artists


Art Full Text

Covers art and architecture from all time periods.



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.



History & Current Events

ProQuest Central

Get articles from popular magazines, newspapers, and a wide array of scholarly journals. Good for current events, news, and articles from a wide variety of disciplines.


Historical Abstracts

The main database for world history. Come here for articles on wars and historical events.


America: History and Life

The best database for American history, use it for American wars.