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Basic Resources

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

To find out if CMU has access to print or online journals do a Journal Search.  For resources CMU does not have, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

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

Databases for Art
Suggested databases for beginning art research.

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.

Basic Art Reference 

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

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.

Citation Styles and Management
Manuals and tips for Chicago, MLA and APA styles

of Congress Classification

Hunt Library Arts Guide: Library of Congress Classification

Featured online journal

The Third Rail is a free nonprofit periodical devoted to a discussion of modern and contemporary art, politics, philosophy, culture and featuring critical essays, interviews, literary arts, and artist projects.

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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Citing Sources


Citation Styles & Management: Citation Management@CMU
Introduction to citation styles, software and other resources that will help you organize your bibliographies for your

Turabian Quick Guide
8th edition online.

Turabian, Kate L. et. al.  A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
HUNT STACKS-2 LB2369 .T8 2013
Other editions available in print in the library.

Owl Purdue (Purdue University) is  a popular  source for citation information.
Here is their guide for the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition

The Global Communication Center (GCC) provides free writing consultations for students and the CMU community with trained communication tutors through one-on-one sessions and classroom workshops.

Art and Drama Librarian

CMU Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

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


Visual Arts in Pittsburgh

National and 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.


Archives of American Art- Smithsonian Institution
Increasingly the archives are coming online, for example a transcript and audio interview with Kiki  Smith


a2ru Alliance  for  the Arts in Research Universities
"As an organization, we value the arts as core to higher education, deep disciplinary knowledge and applied research in the arts, interdisciplinary creativity, durable collaboration, diverse community, and the research university as a driver toward a better world."

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.