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ART 302: Medieval Art History: Accessing Hard to Find Items

This guide connects you to important print and online library resources for Medieval Art at the Zahnow Library.

Locating Hard to Find Items

Sometimes especially for more advanced research papers you may find yourself looking for items that the library may not immediately have. Below are some tips to help guide you when you are looking for articles and books on more in-depth or obscure topics.

1. For books, after you run a search in the box on the library's home page.  If you do not see a book that you like, please consider using the links provided in right hand column such as the Search MelCat link. (See the MelCat image below.) This link will help you find other book material that you can get from other libraries. It often takes a week or so to get a book from another library but you may find it extremely worthwhile for your research or assignment.

Michigan Electronic Library

2. For articles, if you are not finding enough research articles on your topic in the art databases consider using either a specialty index such as the Getty Research Institute or use a large journal article index site such as Google Scholar to help you at least find citations to potential research articles. Then from these citations you can determine if you want them or not. Assuming they are not readily available full text in the SVSU databases, you can request the full text of the article using the library's article and book loan service called Tipasa.

3. If you have any questions or need further assistance contact your SVSU librarians at any time! They will gladly help you look for research and develop quality search terms.