Critical Literature

Books and scholarly journal articles can be found through a variety of online catalogs and journal indexes to which the Library subscribes. Read the index/database description carefully before selecting a resource. Good starting points are:

  • Catalog
    Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are a good source of critical literature. Books that are not owned by the Library can be found via WorldCat.
    Subject search example:  self in literature
    Subject search example: "gender identity in art"
    Subject search example: shamanism
    Subject search example: "ecstasy" NOT "drug"
  • WorldCat
    Books that are not owned by Falvey Memorial Library can be found via WorldCat. WorldCat is an online catalog that includes the collections of most U.S. libraries as well as a large number of libraries abroad. Titles owned by the Library are tagged, titles not held by Falvey can be requested through interlibrary loan with the Borrow from another library link. WorldCat uses the same Library of Congress subject headings as the Library's catalog. 
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 3000 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works.
  • ATLA Religion Database
    Includes citations to journal articles and essays.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Indexes and abstracts articles in archaeology, art , classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history and world literature.
  • Academic OneFile
  • Art Full Text
    Indexes key international English-language arts publications.

For further indexes of scholarly journals please consult the Subject Guides page on the Library’s homepage or ask for advice.



  • Catalog
    The Library owns a large number of art books with excellent reproductions of art works. The complete oeuvre of an artist is sometimes available in a catalogue raisonne and can be found in the Library's catalog:
    Keyword search example:  Kahlo and exhibitions
    The physical description field on the description tab in the Library's catalog identifies whether a book has illustrations: ill. stands for illustrated and col. ill. stands for colored illustrations.
    Example:  ill* AND "art japanese"
  • ARTstor
    High quality images with detailed meta data about materials used, work types, repositories, and subjects. The Advanced Search interface has a search by creator option.
  • Grove Art Online
    Images of artists and their art can be found by clicking on the image tab. The image tab also has a number of links to external images. Most of these links go to art museum web sites.


Style Guides and Citation Management Software