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Research aid for students in Prof. Patrick Hajovsky's classes at Southwestern University

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Finding articles and resources on Pre-Columbian art can be tricky - you need a multi-pronged approach.

Note that some resources listed here apply only to Mesoamerican or Andean art, and some cover both.

Look for:

  • sources from a variety of subjects: art history, anthropology, Latin American studies, and more
  • different types of materials: online journal articles databases, art image databases, print journals, books, and reference sources

This LibGuide will provide you with tools and instructions for navigating the SLC's resources, both online and in print, on this subject.



Image from the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas Austin,

Locating materials in the library

WorldCat Local is the library's online catalog.  Search it to identify the books, e-books, DVD's, CD's, and more in our library's collection. The library uses the Dewey Decimal System to assign a unique call number to every physical item in the building. Each item has a location as well, such as Reference, Reserve, etc.

When you have identified an item that you want to locate, note the entire call number as well as the location. If you search WorldCat Local on a mobile device, you will have the call number and location with you as you go into the stacks.

The library's collection spans all three floors of the building, with the Main (circulating) collection split among the three floors by call number:
000-199 First Floor
200-759.3 Second Floor
759.4-999 Third Floor

For assistance finding items in other locations, just ask at the library's InfoDesk.

Off-campus access

If you are off campus, clicking on links in this guide to databases that are licensed by the library for access by SU faculty, students, and staff will prompt you to log in using your SUID and password. Once you've logged in, you should remain authenticated for the duration of that browser session and be able to access additional library subscription sources without interruption.

Writer's Corner

Helpful resources:

Sylvan Barnet. A Short Guide to Writing about Art, Prentice Hall, 2011.

- Useful, in-depth guide to visual analysis, with copious examples of this skill upon well-known art works. Discusses the different ways in which artists, art historians, and critics engage with, and write about art.

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.

-General guide to engaging with academic discourse and referencing other authors' works in your writing. Provides examples and exercises for using key words in academic writing.

Writer's Help: A Bedford-St.Martins Online Handbook. 

- If you haven't already purchased this, it is a good idea. It is a complete guide to grammar and punctuation, as well as to constructing an argument, with specific disciplinary practices