Art : Canadian Art History and Photography

Introduction
Reference Materials
Electronic Reference Books
Books
Articles
Specialized Indexes
Websites
Materials from Other Libraries
Help

Introduction

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to resources available from the University of Lethbridge Library for study in the area of Canadian Art History. Finding information on Canadian art and artists presents unique challenges, in particular if you are seeking information for contemporary or new work. You will most likely have to check several different sources so be patient and remember to ask for help if you are stuck!

Use our homepage as your gateway to all of our programs and services. Follow the Undergraduates link for a general introduction to those programs and services.

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Reference Materials

Use reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.) to find general introductions to a topic, explain unfamiliar concepts, locate brief factual information and identify references for further research. There are a wide variety of general and specific reference materials that will provide information on a variety of topics within the subject of Canadian Art History. Some examples of reference materials in the University of Lethbridge Library are:

Contemporary Canadian Artists

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists

Index to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Catalogues of Art

Guide to Canadian Photographic Archives

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Electronic Reference Books

Grove Art Online  (University of Lethbridge students, faculty and staff only) includes the contents of the 34 volumes of the Dictionary of Art and incorporates a significant amout of encyclopedic information on Canadian art history.

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Books

Use the library catalogue to identify the books, journal titles and audio visual items in our collections.

Perform a title search to locate a known item in the University of Lethbridge library.

Perform an author or subject search to find information by or about an individual artist, using the last name first.

Perform subject search using Library of Congress Subject Headings to find materials on a particular topic, about individual artists or their works. Some examples of the kinds of searches that may be effective are:

Art Canadian

Art Canadian 20th century

Art Canadian Alberta 20th century

Carr Emily

Computer art Canada

Photography Canada

Perform a keyword or advanced keyword search if you are having difficulty identifying the correct subject headings or are using terms not listed in the subject headings.

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Articles

Use electronic and print indexes to identify journal articles, critical reviews of books and other information published in journals, magazines, newspapers and exhibition catalogues. A complete listing of indexes to which the library subscribes may be found on the Indexes/Databases page, including a link to our Art indexes/databases and Canadian indexes/databases. Some indexes that may be useful for finding articles on Canadian art and art related topics are:

Art Full Text - indexes articles in journals, magazines, yearbooks, museum bulletins and art reproductions (some full text)

Artexte - indexes articles and essays in exhibition catalogues (no full text)

Canadian Newsstand - full text articles in selected Canadian newspapers

CBCA Complete - indexes articles in selected Canadian newspapers, magazines, journals as well as articles with a Canadian content in international periodicals (some full text)

CPI.Q - like CBCA but with different periodical coverage (some full text)

First Nations Periodical Index - indexes articles in 20 journals newspapers and magazines all with Canadian First Nations content (some full text)

Globe and Mail - full text of the Globe and Mail newspaper (1844-2003)

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Collection - full text of the Lethbridge Herald newspaper (1905-2006)

If there is no direct link to the full text of the article in the index, you may use the Find full text button to see if the full text is available from one of our other database providers or in print in the University of Lethbridge Library.

If there is no Find full text button, you may perform a Journal Title Search of our collection to see if we own or provide access to the journal.

Remember! These indexes provide access to both popular magazines and scholarly journals so make sure you know what kind of information you are seeking and what kind you have retrieved.

See Materials from other libraries (below) for instructions on requesting Interlibrary Loans for anyarticles we do not own or provide access to.

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Specialized Indexes

Use specialized indexes to direct you to images and other information on Canadian art related topics. For example:

ARTstor Digital Library(U of L students, faculty and staff only)

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

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Websites

Use the internet wisely.The quality and trustworthiness of information available on the Web varies greatly. Guidelines are available to help you evaluate Web-based sources when you are unsure of their credibility. Some websites that may be useful for directing you to Canadian art related resources are:

Alberta Heritage Digitizaition Project

Artists in Canada

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

National Gallery of Canada & Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Peel's Prairie Provinces

Theses Canada Portal

Women Artists in Canada

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Materials from Other Libraries

Use the catalogue of the library at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) to search their collection of books, exhibition catalogues and journal titles. Materials at the gallery can be signed out by registered U of L students, faculty and staff.

Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service if we do not own the item you are looking for. Submit your request through the ILL function and follow the instructions on the screen. Undergraduate students are given 25 free loans per fiscal year (ending in April).

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Help

Use the links accessible from our "How to" Guides page for help on everything from library research to writing your research paper. Some guides that may be useful are:

Citation Style Guides

Evaluating Journal Articles

Evaluating Web Resources

Plagiarism

HELP is available during the hours that the Information Desk on level 10 of the library is staffed at the desk itself, by Instant Messaging, email at Ask Us or by phone at 329-2263.

Please feel free to contact me if your research question is not answered by any of the above.

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 Content Revised: October 2, 2014
 Content Created: October 20, 2008


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