Researching Objects in the Spencer Museum of Art: Finding Additional Books & Articles

Advice and resources for investigating art works in the campus art museum.

KU Library Catalogs

Use the catalog to look for information on the artist or for information on art of the same time period and/or country. Your artist might be mentioned in surveys or histories of the period, so check the index in the back of the appropriate books. Even if your artist is not mentioned, you can learn about art in that time and place and analyze the assigned art work based on what you have learned about art of that time.

Other Library Catalogs

Articles in Journals

To learn of an article in a journal on a topic that you are researching, you may need to use an index or bibliography. These tools can be searched like the Library Catalog using names, keywords, phrases, word combinations, etc. Different indexes may present the information in a variety of formats so you need to read the page carefully to determine how to proceed. Some indexes will only provide a CITATION to the article while others may provide a full-text version. If there is only a citation, look for the KULINK symbol to learn if there is a full-text online version, a paper copy in the library, or, if KU does not own, an option to borrow through Interlibrary Loan.

General indexes


Specialized art & anthropology indexes