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S. Watson / C. Emmons - Guide to Library Resources & Research Help
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This guide will assist you in determining if there is enough information available on a given artist to meet the thesis paper requirement of a "minimum of 10 scholarly sources."

There is also information on how to limit in the Art Full Text database to review articles to support the Review Analysis Project. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the resources below and to do some additional searching during the library instruction session on September 11.


Books & Media @ UWGB - Cofrin Library Catalog

From Cofrin Library, you have access to around 200,000 books, media & other materials. Search here to find books & media owned by Cofrin Library. Remember that there may not be books & media on all specific topics.

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Searching Tips


  • To find info on an artist, type in the artist's name and click on Search.
  • To find an exhibition catalogue, search for: exhibition and catalogue.
  • If you cannot find anything at UWGB, use the Worldcat box below to search at other libraries.

If you want to browse the art-related books in the library, these are the call number areas ("N" call numbers are 6th floor, "T" call numbers are 5th floor).

  • N - Visual Arts
    • N400-N3990 Art Museums, Galleries
    • N4390-N5098 Exhibitions
  • NA - Architecture
  • NB - Sculpture
  • NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration
  • ND - Painting
  • NE - Print Media
  • NK - Decorative Arts
  • NX - Arts in General
  • TR - Photography

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Books & Media @ Other UW Libraries

UW LibrariesYou can visit any UW campus library and check out materials from there with your UWGB ID card. When you are finished, you can return materials back to its home library or at UWGB and we will send them back for you. You can also search for books and library materials in the entire UW library system:


  1. Type your keywords into the search box for UW Libraries books, media, & more.
  2. Find the item/s you would like to request and select the Request tab.
  3. Sign in with your UWGB user name and password.
  4. Be sure to select UWGB as the pick up location.

For students that cannot visit individual UW campuses, it is best to search for library materials in WorldCat (see above).


From Our Bookshelves

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Themes in Contemporary Art - Gill Perry and Paul Wood (Eds.)
Call Number: N71 .P32 1997 (6th floor, Stacks)
ISBN: 0300102976
In this fourth volume of the Art of the Twentieth Century series, the contributors address a fascinating variety of themes relating to art from the 1960s to the end of the century—the period of “postmodernism.”

Cover Art
What is Contemporary Art - Terry Smith
Call Number: N6497 .S65 2009 (6th floor, Stacks)
ISBN: 0226764303
Who gets to say what counts as contemporary art? Artists, critics, curators, gallerists, auctioneers, collectors, or the public? Revealing how all of these groups have shaped today’s multifaceted definition, Terry Smith brilliantly shows that an historical approach offers the best answer to the question: What is Contemporary Art?

Cover Art
Since '45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art - Katy Siegel
Call Number: N6512 .S544 2011X (6th floor, Stacks)
ISBN: 9781861897732
Since ’45 details the collision of American history and modern art. For the more than half-century since World War II, New York has been the center of world art, with an influence that extends well beyond the continent. Since ’45 discusses how artists’ preoccupations with issues of race, mass culture, the individual, suburbia, apocalypse, and nuclear destruction have come to find their place in art works.

Cover Art
In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art - Linda Weintraub
Call Number: N6512 .W3873 2003 (6th floor, Stacks)
ISBN: 1891024590
From the first page to the last, from Thomas Kinkaid (really!) to Matthew Barney, this book serves as a launching pad. Conclusions are perpetually delayed. Resolutions are continually postponed. The text is written for takeoff, not arrival. It is a first step for readers' explorations of current modes of art making and for their own future artistic achievements.


Books & Media from Other Libraries - WorldCat

WorldCatWorldCat is a library catalog that lists over 1.5 billion books, media and other materials from over 70,000 libraries worldwide.

Many of these items you can have sent to you here at UWGB for free.

As you search, click on the red Find It button and sign in to request the book/library item. We will e-mail you when your item(s) get delivered to UWGB for pick-up. 


Google Books

Search Google Books to find relevant materials on the topic you are researching. Many of the books will only give a "limited preview." Use the UWGB Cofrin Library catalog or WorldCat to locate a full copy of the books you are interested in.

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