ARTS 3381 (Mr. McSwain): Art Fundamentals

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources

Illustrators of Children's Books
NC 965 M59 Ref.
Biographical and bibliographical information on a number of children's authors. Articles on the art of illustrating children's books.
Sixth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators
PN 1009 .A1 S3936 1989 Ref.
One in a series of books with biographical information, pictures, and signatures of a variety of children's authors and illustrators.
Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults
PN 1009 .A1 R63 1999 Ref.
Brief biographical information on African-American authors and illustrators. Includes bibliographical information of each author/illustrator's works.
Children's Book Illustration and Design
NC 965 .C43 1992 Ref.
Brief biographical information and typical illustrations of over one hundred illustrators of children's books
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1986-2000
Z 1037 .A2 N492 2001 Ref.
Reviews of the medal-winning titles, with the winner's acceptance speech, and some biographical information. This is the latest volume in a series covering the award winners since the inception of the awards by the American Library Association.
The Coretta Scott King Awards, 1970-2004
Z 1037 .A2 C67 2004 Ref.
Brief information about the award winning titles and the honor titles for authors and for illustrators. Biographical information on selected individuals. Selected illustrations from award-winning titles.
Something About the Author
PN 451 .S6 Ref.
Over 180 volumes. Biographical information on authors and illustrators.



Cornette Library's Online Catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as birds picture or picture books.
  • the general LC subject heading Birds or picture books.
  • limit your search to items located in the Instructional Resource Center or Youth Shelves.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Education Databases

ERIC (Ebsco)
ERIC through the vendor Ebsco. Links to full-text either through other Ebsco databases or through other resources, including the Library's online catalog. Limit to articles so do not receive ERIC documents.
ERIC (FirstSearch)
ERIC through the vendor OCLC/FirstSearch. Links to full-text through other resources including the Library's online catalog. Limit to article document type so do not receive ERIC documents.
ERIC (U.S. Department of Education)
ERIC through the U. S. Department of Education. Free access. Can limit to see only journal articles. Must check Library's online catalog and/or Journals List to see if the Library holds a specific title.

Art History and Criticism Databases

Excellent full-text source of scholarly articles. Searches entire article text. Use artist's name, title, of work, and history or criticism as an initial search.
Academic Search Complete
Cross-disciplinary database. Results include newspapers, general interest magazines, special interest magazines, and scholarly journals. Use SFX link if full-text is not provided in this source.

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Web Sites

Art Museums

These major museums have rich sources of art images and art education materials:

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Special features include "Ask Joan of Art". The education resources at "America's Attic" includes extensive classroom activities and resources.
Art Institute of Chicago
Search site by theme or time period. Education resources include teacher and online material.
Getty Museum
View information about exhibitions at the Getty. Education resources include lesson plans and games.
Lesson plans, art activities, toolbox, etc.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sign-up for an "artwork of the day" feed. The education resources from the Met include both images and materials for teachers.
Children's literature and illustrations
The Kerlan Collection provides extensive research about children's literature, and the de Grummond has digitized original material.

Education Related Sites

Educator's Reference Desk
Includes resource guides, lesson plans, and question archives from the original ERIC material.
The Teachers section includes lesson plans, teaching strategies, timesaving techniques, clip art, and much more. - Teachers' Lounge
Standards finder locates activities for specified topic and grade level. Uses the McREL standards.


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