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Arts 140: Monuments, NOW!: Your library connection

A Library guide supporting Dr. Joan Coutu's Arts 140: Monuments, Now!

Your library connection


This page can help you with Step 6 of your Monument's project. The sections below target ways to find relevant sources and texts:

  • Create your search term
  • Search OMNI, our catalogue for online resources
  • Find arts-related databases to search for information
  • Use and search in ARTstor
  • Get one-on-one research assistance

If you have a question, please reach out. I'm here to help. 

Create your search term

Once you've picked your part of the proposal, you can start thinking about your search term. 

  • Start by listing keywords that best describe your topic. These could be:
    • A single term (example: a specific monument name, like "Vimy Ridge Memorial" ) or phrases (example: "Counter monuments"
    • Specific art movements
    • Consider synonyms and out-dated terms as well. 
  • You will use these terms to craft your catalogue, database or search engine search.

Try using the Search Statement worksheet to help put together your search terms.

Want a second opinion on your keywords or search statement worksheet? Email me and we can go over it together!

Online books with the Omni, the Library's catalogue

Click the image below to open OMNI, our catalogue. The second location option will limit your search to online material only. 

Using your search terms, check the catalogue to see if we have any online resources for your topic.

Library catalogue advanced search showing the "Waterloo online resources" radio button selected."

Recommended Arts-related databases

The following is a list of recommended databases to search for articles about fine arts and visual culture:



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Contact me about any research or library-related questions you have. 

For example, I can:

  • help you develop searches for your part of the proposal
  • help you find additional sources to fill in gaps
  • help you with a tricky citation
  • guide you on how to use library databases
  • ... and more!

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