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FYS Art and Activism: Start Here

Start exploring here

Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia and is perfect for background research or formulating your topic. It includes topic pages with mind maps (examples: Activism and Graffiti) and specialized entries from several encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources (example: Black Arts Movement from Encyclopedia of American Studies, African American Art and the Civil Rights Movement from Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience, Protest from 100 Ideas that Changed Art).

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The databases featured in this box are particularly useful for this class. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub's Databases tab.

Find all our databases at Databases A-Z.

Citing your work

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TIP: Clicking this icon will take you back to the Research Hub.


Check these databases for streaming film segments and for art images. Note that for ArtStor, you MUST sign up for your free account from on campus. Thereafter, you can log in from off campus. 


Books & eBooks at Smith Library Center

Searching for Information

Think about keywords related to art and/or activism in general, or a specific artist, era, medium, demographic/culture, or aspect to start your search in the library's catalog, WorldCat@SU. Try different combinations. When you find a relevant resource, try clicking the subject links to lead to more resources on the topic. Also browse the shelf nearby for related titles. Ask your librarian for advanced search tips!

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat:

Art, Modern Social Aspects | Art and Society | Black Lives Matter movement | Protest Movements | Arts Political aspects United States History 20th century | African American artsArts Political aspects | Rap (Music) Political aspects | Graffiti Social Aspects | African Americans Attitudes | Black Arts movement  | SOCIAL SCIENCE Discrimination & Race Relations | Hip-hop influence| Harlem Renaissance | Arts Political aspects | Feminism and art | Political posters