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UHP 189 -- Visual World

This class guide supports research for Beach Museum topics and UHP 189 focusing on the Visual World.

Library Research Guide

Recommended Databases

These databases offer information specific to the art historical perspective. Oxford Art Online is particularly useful with regards to biographical information.

Information in these databases can help to create context for the work of John Steuart Curry. The historical newspapers, including the New York Times, are considered primary resources.

The Art Full Text database is especially helpful for articles on contemporary art and design. Access is limited to 4 simultaneous users.

Life & Time Magazines

Life and Time magazines are recommended for researching Curry and his contemporaries:

Life Magazine:

Record in Search ItSee the Search It record for print, online, and microfilm (1898-1967) availability.

Electronic access: 1937 until 1972

Time Magazine:

Record in Search ItSee the Search It record for print, online, and microfilm (1923-) availability.

Recommended Websites

These resources are freely available.  In some cases if you access them through the links below, or via the list of K-State Libraries Databases, you will take the Get It button with you as you search.  When you do so, you will easily be able to link back to K-State Libraries to check for access via our library holdings or Interlibrary Loan.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution; cannot be used with Get It): 

"The Archives today is the world’s pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America." (Link to Source: About Us)

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers 

This is a searchable collection of millions of pages scanned from U.S. Newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. 

Google Book Search 

A growing collection of books Google has received digitally from publishers or scanned from the shelves of one of its library partners. This is an excellent resource for reading books published before 1922, for reading selections of copyrighted books, and for identifying books about a particular subject. It is also extremely handy for tracking down sources for facts and quotations.

Google News Archive Search 

This is an international collection of content from newspapers, magazines, legal archives, and news archives. If you are looking for primary source material about an event or person from the past two centuries, this is an excellent place to look.

Google Scholar 

Google Scholar is particularly useful for ferreting out articles on odd and obscure topics, since it indexes the full text for many of the articles listed. Google won’t let us use the Get It button on their screens, so look for the text Get It @ K-State.