Research Guide

The Art, Music, & Recreation staff has prepared this guide in order to assist you in conducting research on popular topics. For more detailed direction a reference librarian can assist you.

Image Locator Guide

USE THE LIBRARY’S ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOG to search for books on the subject of your image. (Hint: do a ‘keyword’ search in the catalog and add the term ‘pictorial’ to get citations to books that include images.)

USE THE LIBRARY’S MAGAZINES & DATABASES, either online or in bound volumes, to search for journal article citations on the subject of your image. General OneFile, NetLibrary Reference Center are good starting places. Search the online catalog to find periodicals that the library currently has.

USE REFERENCE BOOKS  in the Art Division to search for your subject in books of collected images in books or magazines.

USE THE CLIP ART COLLECTION in the Art Division to find published collections of public domain images designed to be reproduced. (Hint: do a ‘keyword’ search in the catalog and add the term ‘clip art’ to get citations to books that include images.)

USE THE PICTURE FILE in the Art Division to search by subject for clippings of images from magazines and books that may be checked-out. (Hint: Consult the alphabetical picture file index if you are not finding pictures on your subject.)

USE THE DIGITAL PHOTO COLLECTION in the Library’s Local History Division to find historical images. (Hint: images from the photo collection can be viewed on the library web page. From the Library home page click on ‘Local History’ then choose DIGITAL COLLECTIONS.)

USEFUL WEB LINKS

Google Images
Getty Images
Picsearch

Help Finding Sheet Music

The Arts Division Doremi database is a comprehensive index to sheet music for popular songs. This database can only be accessed by a reference librarian. Call the Arts Division at 428-8140 with your request.

Searching for Collectibles

USE THE LIBRARY’S ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOG to search for books on the subject of your collectible or on the artist for your work of art. (Hint: do a keyword search in the catalog and add the term ‘collecting’ to get citations to books that include values and identification. Do a keyword search on the artists name to see if the library has a book on the artist).

USE REFERENCE BOOKS in the Art Division to search for the subject of your collectible. Some are:

Schroeder’s antiques price guide r745.1075
Miller’s Antiques handbook & price guide r745.1075
Antique trader antiques & collectibles r745.1075

USEFUL WEB LINKS

KOVEL’S Antique & collectibles price guide
collect.com

eBay

APPRAISALS

Try using your local phone book if you need a free verbal estimate or a written appraisal for a fee. Search under Antique-Dealers; Appraisers; Dealers and Consultants; or Collectibles.

Identify an artist’s name in:

Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide r707.5 D247d
Benezit Dictionary of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers r709.22

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