One of the greatest challenges in art history is locating images to illustrate a paper or presentation. Fortunately, there are many excellent resources available in multiple formats to aid the researcher in finding relevant images. The UST Libraries offer a number of electronic and print resources, as well as a librarian dedicated to aiding art history students and faculty. Additionally, many resources are available online (but be careful of image quality), and through the department's image database (Luna).
One of the best resources is Susan Price, a librarian in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library designated to assist art and art history students and researchers. For getting started with research, or for assistance in tracking down hard-to-find sources, Susan is a fantastic help! Contact her to set up an appointment (651-962-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Susan also maintains the art history research guide on the library's website. The guide pulls together the most relevant art-related databases, key reference books, and websites useful for finding both information and images. The art history resources for images guide pulls together image collections available through databases and free image collections.
Another well-kept secret is the Department of Special Collections within the OSF Library. Special Collections houses many rare books and manuscripts, including several illuminated manuscripts, as well as many other treasures. Contact Special Collections (651-962-5467 or email@example.com) for a brief orientation and an appointment to view items in the collection or stop in to explore and browse the holdings.
The UST Libraries offers all students access to RefWorks. RefWorks is a web-based tool to aid you in keeping track of the references you need to cite and to help you quickly create bibliographies for your papers.
Luna is the department's image database. It holds a wide variety of images that support the department's curriculum. Images of artworks representing many cultures, time periods, mediums, and styles are available. Students may gain access to Luna through a link provided by their course professor or by contacting the visual resources curator.
Additional image databases are available through Luna including the AMICA image database, the David Rumsey map collection, the National Palace Collection, and many others. Each offers high quality images.
The department maintains a list of useful image websites in our Guide to Finding Images Online.