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Art Subject Guide

What Is a Database?

You can search for articles in Catalyst or in research databases.

The pros for searching in Catalyst are that you already are familiar with the user interface and that Catalyst defaults to showing you material to which we have immediate access. 

The pros for searching in research databases is that most databases are subject-specific, so your searches are automatically limited to a particular topic. Also, if you are interested in finding materials beyond what is at St. Olaf, the research databases can show you other articles we can acess through Resource Sharing (Interlibrary Loan).

Art Databases

Other Useful Databases

History Databases

If you need broad historical context for your art research, the history databases can help.

Interdisciplinary Databases

These databases cover a wide variety of topics and can be a good place to start if you want a broad overview of your topic.