Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice

This guide covers some research resources for museum studies and curatorial practice. This might be useful for ARHS 4793, 4953, 5953 or 5793.

Note on Controlled Vocabulary

Most searchers rely exclusively on keywords to retrieve records, which works well in many cases. If you wish to retrieve more precise results, try searching by the specialized terms of the database, also known as "controlled vocabulary," and often referred to as "subject headings" or "descriptors." The order in which you enter your terms can matter as well. For example, often you can best search by author by typing the last name before the first name.

Finding Books

Books remain important to the disciplines of art, architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture.

If we don't own the book or have access to an online version, request it via the Libraries' Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, ILLiad.

Need Something?

If our collection lacks something critical and obtaining via Interlibrary Loan is unsatisfactory in the long term, contact me and I can attempt to purchase it. You still may wish to place the ILL request—even if money is available, it takes time to purchase and process a text.