ART 404: History of African and Oceanic Art

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Art Librarian:
Mary Wahl (Woods)

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Visit the OneSearch FAQ to learn all about how to use the library's new online OneSearch tool to find articles, books and more. Or, watch the How to Use OneSearch video:

Using Google Scholar

You can find items the Oviatt Library owns using Google Scholar's "Find Text" capabilities. To activate the capabilities for your browser:

  1. Select Settings (near the top of the page), then Library links from the left menu
  2. In the search box, type "CSUN" and click the magnifying glass to perform search
  3. Check the box next to "CSU, Northridge (SFX Find It at CSUN)"
  4. Click Save

After performing a search in Google Scholar, select the SFX Find It at CSUN link (to the right of the article) or the SFX: Additional Options link (located below the article description) for access to online full text, Oviatt Library holdings information, and Interlibrary Loan.

Can't find what you're looking for? Try using to find items in libraries near you.

What is WorldCat?

WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. Think of it as a giant library catalog!

WorldCat lets you:

  • Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby
  • Locate a variety of material, including books, music, and videos
  • Find digital items that can be directly viewed or downloaded

MLA Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is commonly used within the liberal arts and humanities. The Library has several copies of the MLA Handbook in print.

Here are other resources you may find useful while formatting your paper:

Keyword Brainstorming

As you begin your research, try brainstorming some broader, narrower and/or related keywords to help with your searches. These keywords can come from your own knowledge of your topic or from searching background information.

Let's say I am in the beginning stages of my research on tapa made in Tonga.

Keyword 1 Keyword 2
tapa cloth Tonga
bark cloth OR barkcloth Polynesia
vernacular/local terms and/or spellings? Oceania

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask the Library to get the book you need via Interlibrary Loan.

What is InterLibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (or ILL) is a service provided to obtain materials which are needed for research but are not available in the Oviatt Library.

How do I make ILL requests?

Requests are made through the automated Interlibrary Loan System. See the Interlibrary Loan page for more info.

Citation Formatting Tools

Following are tools and resources helpful in managing citations:

Chicago Style

The Chicago Manual of Style (also called CMS) is commonly used within the humanities and social sciences. The Library has several copies of CMS, both online and in print.

Here are resources you may find useful while formatting your paper:

Writing About Art

Here are some selected books in the Library on writing about art: