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Basic Resources

CMU Library Catalog
All holdings of the print and digital collections of Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.

Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide including the holdings of CMU and  local public and university libraries. Use this in conjunction with the CMU Library Catalog

Journal Search
Search journal titles to see if CMU Libraries has them in print or online

Databases for Art
Suggested databases for beginning art research.

Basic Art Reference 

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, art history surveys, major exhibition catalogs, timelines, art theory and criticism resource books and links.

Arts Library Visual Resources 
Make this your first stop for finding high resolution subscription image databases at CMU such as ARTstor, AP Images and the Digital Image Database as well as carefully selected open access image collections..

Audio Collection
A wide range of audio music and sound from the classics to sound effects, analog and digital.

Film and Video Collection
Search and access films and DVDs, Recreational DVDs and streaming video collections

CMU University Archives:
Collections include the Digital Art Exchange (DAX) Collection 1979-1991; Robert Adrian papers 1979-1987 (digital art networks); School of Drama Photographs 1914-1981; College of Fine Arts Records 1912-2010 and more.

Acqs of Interest

Allocca,Kevin. Videocracy : how YouTube is changing the world-- with double rainbows, singing foxes, and other trends we can't stop watching. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
HUNT HM742 .A46 2018


Trifonova, Temenuga, ed. Contemporary visual culture and the sublime. New York: Routledge, 2018


Scala, Mark, ed. Chaos and awe: painting for the 21st century. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press: Nashville, Tennessee: First Center for the Visual Arts, 2018
HUNT STACKS-4  ND196.2 .C42 2018


Vlavao, Fidele A. Performing Digital Activism: New Aesthetics and Discources of Resistance. New York: Routledge, 2018

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Do you know about these local resources?

Pittsburgh Articulate
Online platform for critical writing and dialog related to arts issues in the Pittsburgh region including reviews, interviews, articles and discussion


Pittsburgh Artist Registry

A free portal for literary, performing, and multi-disciplinary artists in southwestern PA allowing artists to promote their work.

A digital journal (formerly the CMoA Blog) to further discourse surrounding the museum’s exhibition program, collections, the interconnections of the local community and beyond.  A new story is published online each Tuesday.

Department of Film and Video
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland

Global resources online


A publishing
/curatorial platform and archive for contemporary art, culture and theory internationally. If you subscribe to the e-mail newsletter be ready to receive  two or three messages a day announcing and describing international projects.

Universes in Universe: Worlds of Art 
Global art and events including a continually updated Calendar of Biennials and a vast array of current exhibitions.


World Wide Video Festival
A continuing platform for media arts including performance art. The actual festivals were held from 1982-2004. Under the heading "Archive" the website contains a  year-by-year survey of each of the 22 festivals. A detailed index of the catalogs
produced is also included. Their extensive collection of tapes and installations is currently being cataloged and digitized.