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The Sherman Art Library Collection

Using the Collection

arrowBrowse the Sherman Art Library Map & Stacks Guide for call number & subject locations.
All circulating Sherman Art Library Materials may be checked out at Baker/Berry Circulation, and reserve materials from Sherman are housed in the Baker Reserve Corridor. The Sherman Reference & Art Special Collection are limited to in library use only.
Reference assistance is available in the Sherman Reference Room or you may contact Laura Graveline, the Visual Arts Librarian via email, by phone, 603-646-3831, or at her office in the Sherman Art Library Reference Room.

Starting your research

Try the Oxford Art Online. You will find wonderful articles written by experts on the subject, plus bibliographies of books and articles you can use as a starting point for your research.

Search Oxford Art Online

Getting started with your paper? Check out A Short Guide to Writing About Art, or Writing About Artin the Sherman Reference Room.

Search the Library Catalog for more materials on your subject.

  • Search Strategies

    • Search Artists as the subject, the author, and also as keyword

    • Enter names as author or subject with the last name first, then a comma and a space before the first name

    • Subjects are in Library of Congress format

    • Try a keyword search, if subject searching is not successful

    • Skip the first article (A, An, The , etc.) when entering a title search.

    • To find a catalogue raisonne for an artist try looking the artist up as a Subject

    Refine your search
    • Choosing to mark the titles you wish to export then clicking on save marked records, followed by , can be useful for emailing possible research titles to faculty, or downloading citations into a document, to create a bibliography.
    • to limit a search to a specific format (video, media, etc.), language, or date.
    • Try Borrow Direct if you do not find a title listed in our catalog, but would like to search other Ivy League Libraries
    • You can also request interlibrary loan or DartDoc, for items not available from Borrow Direct

    Expand your research by searching for Journal Articles.

Try Summon, to search across Library databases, including the Library Catalog.