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Research Guide: Sculpture


WSU Sculpture Program






Finding Images


Use the following resources to find sculpture images on the Web

  • ARTstor  - ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. For WSU student and faculty use only.
  • Google Image Search - Use this popular search engine to find publicly available Web images on any subject.
  • AICT (Art Images for College Teaching) - image exchange resource for the educational community
  • Grove Dictionary of Art - 10,000 links to color images. Use your WSU student ID number for off-campus access.
  • Corbis -  Large collection of popular/commercial photographic images. 
  • Artcyclopedia - online directory of museum art on the Web.  Retrieve a list of links to photographs of artists works at museums worldwide - Search by:
    • Movement (e.g. Pop Art, Impressionism) by 
    • Medium (e.g. sculptors, illustrators)
    • Subject
    • Nationality
    • Name, alphabetically

Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore! Use the Yahoo and Google directories to find appropriate catagories for selected lists of sites on artists, museums, time periods, etc.




Selected Museum Sites


Finding Books 


Using Catalogs


Use the WSU Stewart Library online catalog to find location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Use World Cat for listings of exhibition catalogs, books and media in many other library catalogs.

  • Books on the visual arts are generally located within the call number N in the Reference and General Collections on level two. Books on sculpture are in the NB call number area.
  • Books on metal working, carving and the technology relating to art are located in the T's in the Reference Collection on the middle level and General Collections on the top level.


Subject Searching in Catalogs and Databases

Using keywords of your choosing or Library of Congress Subject Headings, it may be helpful to search by:

  • artist's name: Jenny Holzer, Robert Smithson,  Andy Goldsworthy, etc.
  • artistic style: performance, site specific, installation kinetic, etc.
  • time period: contemporary, modern, sculpture --20th century 
  • artistic medium: sculpture, mural, video installation, ceramic sculpture, etc.
  • nationality: earth art, german; video art, Korea, installation, american, etc.
  • movement: earthworks, land art, surrealism, etc.

Also note: Exhibition Catalogs are often cataloged by artist, subject, and museum or gallery and Museum Catalogs are usually cataloged by the name of the museum. 


From Bookstores


Order books online from Amazon Books or Barnes and Noble.  Also use Books in Print for book sources and some book reviews as needed.


Interlibrary Loan


If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Using Reference Resources


Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials used to "refer" to. Use these resources for facts, definitions or for background information on a topic.


Finding Articles

Article Databases

To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. Use your WSU student ID number for off-campus access.

  • Art Full Text - Abstracts from 1994, full text from 1997 covering: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, and Video. Use your WSU student ID number for off-campus access.
  • Academic Search Premier - Citations and selected fulltext from journals and magazines covering most subjects and fields. Citations from 1984, fulltext from 1985
  • LexisNexis Academic   - full text newspapers from around the world
  • ERIC  - For articles and other types of information on arts education issues. Articles and citations from over 750 educational journals and related documents. Selected full-text.  1967-present. Updated quarterly.
  • Arts & Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. 1980 - present, updates weekly. 

Browsing Current Periodicals


Current magazines and journals can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the "N" section on the Middlle level. Bound volumes of older issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks. Use Ejournals to see if particular journals are available online. Selected titles include:

Art in America  (also online) N1.A782
Art Forum  N1.A786 
Art News  N1.A785
Flash Art  (also online) N1.F585
Metalsmith  (also online) NK1. M587
Public Art Review (also online) N1.P82
Sculpture (also online) NB1.S437

Online Journals

  • Bomb Magazine
  • Espace Sculpture -
    Canadian sculpture magazine with interviews, in-depth articles and special issues related to various aspects of three dimensionality.
  • New York Times, Arts Section
  • Sculpture magazine - some full text articles available in archives
  • Remember to use article  databases to find many full text articles online, particularly Art Full Text.
    • American Artist
    • Art in America
    • Flash Art
    • Sculpture
    • Sculpture Review
    • Surface Design

Research Tips

Updated March 2, 2010 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen or Suzanne Kanatsiz
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