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Feb 17 2021 - 06:30 PM
Library Resources and Services for A and HA 4085, Historical Foundations of Art Education

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Ami Kantawala's Spring 2021 course A&HA 4085, Historical Foundations of Art Education. The resources, primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., to introduce students to "the idea of 'doing' historical research and major historical events and underlying beliefs, values and practices that influence contemporary art education at all levels of instruction." This guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Online Catalogs

EDUCAT - The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO Catalog - A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries' holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

WorldCat - A union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to art, art education, and related topics, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Aesthetics [BH (Philosophy)], [N61-N79 (Art)]
  • Art [N]
  • Art -- Historiography [N7480]
  • Art -- History [N5300-N7415]
  • Art -- Research
  • Art -- Study and teaching
  • Art -- Study and teaching -- History
  • Art, Comparative [N7428.5-N7429]
  • Art in education
  • Art in universities and colleges
  • Art schools
  • Artists as teachers
  • Children's art [N352]
  • Children's drawings [LB1139.D7 (Education)], [N352-N365 (Art)]
  • Composition (Art) [N7429.7-N7430]
  • Design [NC703 (Drawing)], [NK1160-NK1590 (Decoration)]
  • Design -- Research
  • Drawing [NC]
  • Feminism and art [N72.F45]
  • Graphic arts
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)

For an overview of the call number system used in our library and many other academic libraries, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline page.

Periodical Indexes

Art-Related Databases

Art Index Retrospective (CU) - Index to periodical literature in art published from 1929 to 1984.

Art and Architecture Source (CU) - "Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson (Art Full Text, Art & Architecture Complete, Art Retrospective), this database covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design."

ARTbibliographies Modern (CU) - Citations and abstracts for publications on modern and contemporary art (20th-21st centuries).

Education-Specific Databases

ERIC - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs. In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text - Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retrospective - Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Education Research Complete - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

History-Related Databases

America: History and Life with Full Text (CU) - Index (with some abstracts) of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (CU) - Provides citations and abstracts for publications related to world history, excluding the U.S. and Canada, from 1450 to the present.

Related Humanities and Social Science Databases

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (CU) - Provides coverage of journal articles in the humanities and social sciences from 1907 through 1984.

Humanities Full Text (CU) - Indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs.

Humanities Index (formerly BHI, British Humanities Index) (CU) - indexes over 320 international humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Topics include architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, education, economics, foreign affairs, environment, cinema, current affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion, and theatre.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals. See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

JSTOR (CU) - An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.

Periodicals Archive Online (CU) - Archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

ProQuest (CU) - Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.


E-Journals Available Through Teachers College and Columbia University Libraries

Art Education: via TC; via Columbia

Australian Art Education: via Columbia

Canadian Review of Art Education, Research and Issues: via TC; via Columbia

International Journal of Art and Design Education: via TC; via Columbia

International Journal of Education through Art: via TC; via Columbia

Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education: via Columbia

Journal of Social Theory in Art Education: via TC; via Columbia

Studies in Art Education: via TC; via Columbia

Visual Arts Research: via TC; via Columbia

Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art: via Columbia

Federated Search Engines

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search some or all of our periodical indexes and EDUCAT simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) - To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources:  articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998)

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)

Encyclopedia of World Art (1959-1987)


Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2nd Edition) (CU) - "Featuring 815 articles by distinguished scholars from many fields and countries, the [2014] Encyclopedia of Aesthetics is a comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts—from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture."

Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) - The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (CU) - Published in 2011, this resource "deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art . . . There are articles on all subject areas in American fine art including: biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art, new media art, art education, and more."

Oxford Art Online (formerly Grove Art Online) (CU) - Searchable database of biographies, bibliographies, and image resources from Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (CU) - "Covering Western art from the ancient Greeks to the present day, this dictionary [5th edition, 2015] contains clear and concise entries on styles and movements, materials and techniques, and museums and galleries. It also includes biographical entries for artists, critics, collectors, dealers, and patrons, with places and full dates of birth and death (in many instances correcting misinformation that has found its way into other sources). For this new edition, entries have been thoroughly revised and updated, and almost fifty new entries have been added."


Alexander Street Press Databases (CU) - Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender), American Film Scripts Online (a searchable full-text database of screenplays and shooting scripts), Dance in Video (streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century), North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950), Opera in Video (streaming video database containing important opera performances), Theatre in Video (containing performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries in streaming video), and many others.

ARTstor (CU) - Digital images of architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, design and material culture.

Columbia University Digital Library Collections - digitized versions of diverse Columbia University Libraries collections, including a number of important art and image collections across cultures and historical periods.

Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Arts, Education, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

Library of Congress Digital Collections - A rich collection of images and full-text documents relating to U.S. history and culture from the Library of Congress.

New York Public Library Digital Collections - Images from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library.

Oxford Scholarship Online (CU) - Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in art, education, music, and other disciplines.

Teachers College Art Collections - With over 1,000 digital images, this online resource represents the library's entire collection of art. These images are a resource for both teaching and research, as well as a historical representation of the College's dedication to art and art education.

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

The Art Teacher's Desktop Reference (1994)

Handbook of Research and Policy in Art Education (2004) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Curriculum (1992)

Handbook of Research on New Literacies (2009)

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, 3rd Edition (2008) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Teaching, 4th Edition (2001)

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts (2005) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children, 2nd Edition (2006)

Research in Art and Design Education: Issues and Examplars (2008) (see also e-version below)

Visual Arts Research: A Handbook (1986)


Handbook of Research and Policy in Art Education - "Sponsored by the National Art Education Association and assembled by an internationally known group of art educators, this 36-chapter handbook provides an overview of the remarkable progress that has characterized this field in recent decades. Organized into six sections, it profiles and integrates the following elements of this rapidly emerging field: history, policy, learning, curriculum and instruction, assessment, and competing perspectives."

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts - "This Third Edition aims to stimulate a broad conversation about foundational issues; bring multiple perspectives to bear, including historical perspectives; provide new specificity to topics that have been undifferentiated in the past; and include diverse voices in the conversation."

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts - This handbook brings together state-of-the-art research and practice on the evolving view of literacy as encompassing not only reading, writing, speaking, and listening, but also the multiple ways through which learners gain access to knowledge and skills.

International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (CU) - "Providing a distillation of knowledge in the various disciplines of arts education (dance, drama, music, literature and poetry and visual arts), the Handbook synthesizes existing research literature, helps define the past, and contributes to shaping the substantive and methodological future of the respective and integrated disciplines of arts education."

Research in Art and Design Education: Issues and Exemplars - "Although educators are increasingly interested in art education research, there are few anthologies tackling the subject. Research in Art & Design Education answers this call, summarizing important issues in the field such as non-text based approaches and interdisciplinary work. Contributions from internationally renowned researchers explore a broad range of topics in art education, highlighting particular problems and strengths in the literature."

Reviews of Research

Review of Educational Research - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.

Review of Research in Education - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

Citation Indexes

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

Scopus - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science - Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.

Digital Archives

Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge - The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library's collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

Columbia University Libraries

You will find a complete alphabetical listing of Columbia University Libraries units, collections, and centers by pulling down the menu under Libraries on the top page of the Columbia University Libraries website. You may want to explore the websites of individual Columbia libraries for descriptions of distinctive collections, subject and research guides, and other valuable information and resources readily available online. Columbia University libraries you may find of special value to you include the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the Barnard College Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, and Butler Library, the main humanities and history library, but we recommend scanning the full list of arts and humanities, social sciences, and science libraries in the Columbia system for other collections of possible interest to you.

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of  ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

Library Services

Ask a Librarian - Explore a variety of kinds of research support: submit an email reference query to librarians; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library's Knowledge Database.

Course Reserves - E-Reserves provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.). More information about E-Reserves and physical Course Reserves can be found on the Course Reserves page.

Digital Delivery - As a courtesy to current members, the Gottesman Libraries offers a free scanning service to expeditiously provide library users with requested materials for personal use.

Paging and Pick Up - For the Spring 2021 semester, we are offering a paging service which allows students to use physical materials that are located on campus.

Requesting New Materials - Teachers College students, faculty, and staff may use the materials request form to request library materials not owned by Gottesman Libraries, or the Columbia Morningside Campus Libraries.

Workshops - The Gottesman Libraries' education program offers a calendar of workshops on citation management, research techniques, and academic writing processes. Visit the Events page on the library’s website to learn about and RSVP to upcoming workshops.