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Art and Design & Art History

Print Books and Physical Kennedy Collections Not Available Due to Coronovirus

Due to the Coronovirus health concerns, PHYSICAL materials such as books listed in this guide are not currently available. Similarly, the library cannot provide access to PHYSICAL materials via CSU+ or Interlibary Loan.  However, 99% of what Kennedy Library offers are online resources, so you are in luck no matter where you are located!  And ILL can still provide articles, select book chapters, and other materials electronically.  This guide gives you great pointers on the best databases for your field. And if you need help, don't forget 24/7 live chat help, or you can also contact the CLA librarian, Brett Bodemer, at

Articles - Search Many Databases at Once

Search Ebrary, SpringerLink and Project Muse for ebooks

If you know the article you want and want to find the full text

Google Scholar: Try the author's last name and a good chunk of the title in "    " and then use the Find it At Cal Poly link, often found hidden beneath the "more" under the result.  Be sure that you are logged into MyCalPoly Portal AND signed into OneSearch.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Find Old Reviews of Art shows/Artists

Good Databases to Search One at a Time

Getty Bibliography of History of Art

The Getty Museum offers the online database, Bibliography of the History of Art, for free access.  Formerly a subscribed resource, it is now freely available through their website.

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