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Art & Architecture

Guide to art and architecture resources

Research Tips for Better Results

  1. Use an authored encyclopedia to do preliminary research to find keywords that are relevant to your topic
  2. Plug in 2-3 keywords at a time in the catalog and databases using boolean terms between them (AND/OR/NOT)
  3. Isolate specific sources by selecting subjects in the catalog or databases
  4. Utilize a source's bibliography or references to isolate related sources (also, "cited by" in Google Scholar)
  5. When you find a good source, use it to identify further keywords
  6. Start with a large pool and narrow down using filters
  7. Research is iterative and will require some trial and error.
  8. Do not start researching with a conclusion to prove. Start with a question to answer. 


Trinity Library has a selection of books on art conservation, including conservation of contemporary art.  These can all be found in the library book catalog by entering search term "art conservation" and selecting "subject browse."  This produces a list of subject terms related to the topic, including "Art -- Conservation and restoration" with 18 titles, and "Art Conservation and restoration Periodicals" also with 18 titles.  Simply click on a topic of your choosing to go to a list of the titles we own in print and electronic formats.  

Also, art exhibition catalogs and other books about artists often include sections on conservation of their works.  Wadsworth Atheneum, for example, has published exhibition catalogs with discussion of artist techniques and conservation of certain works.  Among them are catalogs authored by Ulrich Birkmaier or Stephen Kornhauser, conservators at the Atheneum who have contributed essays on conservation, such as to the exhibition catalog for a Marsden Harley exhibition at the Atheneum.

 JSTOR has the following conservation-focused journals: 

  • Journal of Field Archaeology
  • Studies in Conservation

Trinity uses EZProxy and Shibboleth to authenticate users by IP address. You should always see the above message when navigating Trinity databases and not be prompted to login. If you aren't able to access a database or are stuck at a login screen, try accessing through the Library website or contact a librarian.

JSTOR and ArtStor allow you to create free accounts in order to save and organize materials for research. However, this is separate from the automatic Trinity authentication.

Using the Library Catalog


Search Trinity's catalog and beyond.

Ensure that you are logged in as soon as you are in OneSearch to see all available options for print and digital materials, to submit requests, and to save and favorite items. 

Use the filters on the left side to narrow down. Or, use "advanced search" to add keywords and narrow results.

View print and digital resources in one search result

OneSearch indexes books, articles, and more from many places including the Watkinson, Trinity Library stacks, digital databases like JSTOR, and digital repositories. Items with a call number can be physically located on the shelf. Digital resources say 'available online' and include a link in the record. Some items will include information like 'peer-reviewed.' 

Call number and basic metadata from a search

Save query

When you are signed in to your Trinity account, you can save queries -- in essence, this will save your search results so you don't have to recreate the search from scratch. To find your saved or favorited items, navigate to the pin icon at the top of the screen. 

View details and virtual browse

Catalog records contain metadata (data about data) about each item including contents, author, date, etc. Items in the Trinity Library stacks are cataloged by Library of Congress classification. This means that similar subjects will be found together. Use the 'virtual browse' in the catalog record to view what similar items might be on the shelf. Or physically walk to the shelf and look around the book you like to see if there's anything relevant nearby.

To find a book on the shelf, make note of the call number and navigate to "building maps."

Here you will find which floor and where on the floor to find your book. Note that quarto and folio sized books may be in varied locations and don't necessarily match the letter of regular books.

For items we don't own, view the catalog record to request from another library.

If you select "Interlibrary Loan," you will be brought to the ILLiad login page. You will use your regular Trinity credentials (make sure your password is current!). The ILLiad request will auto-populate with the item's metadata. Enter any further information, then submit your request. 

Items for pickup will be available at the circulation desk on Level A.