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Welcome -- Art History

This guide is designed to assist you in researching subjects in art and art history, a field with an extensive range of library resources. Art research may focus on the artistic developments of an entire country, e.g., China, or of a wide region, e.g., Oceania or Sub-Saharan Africa.  Aditionally, more distinct styles may be noted within these geographic areas.  Art research also encompasses the study of periods of artistic development and individual artists.  The medium of creation may present rich possibilities for study and research: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and digital art are just a few.  Art history also frequently overlaps with other subjects such as politics, history, geography, anthropology, and mass media.

Use the tabs at the top of this guide to navigate through the specific type of resources you may need.  These resources include books and ebooks, journals, databases, encyclopedias and web resources. The tab "Image Resources" will link to many online sources of images to use for study and research.  The tab "Citing Sources" gives information about several citation styles.  Also included is a tab listing some of the books published by the faculty of the Art Department at William Paterson University and available at the Cheng Library.


 Joan Mitchell, Trees 1990-1991 (detail), from the book, Joan Mitchell Trees, Cheim & Read, New York, 2014.


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Richard Kearney
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Electronic Resources Librarian
Reference and Information Services Office, Room 107g
David and Lorraine Cheng Library
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Contact a reference librarian

For questions about finding sources at the Cheng Library, use the contact methods below.

By phone

Call 973-720-2116

The Reference Desk is staffed until 10:00 p.m. Sunday-Friday and until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.

By e-mail

Send your question to the Reference Desk via email -   Allow 24 hours for a response.

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the library to schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian:  Schedule Research Help

Library hours

Fall & Spring Semester Hours

Mon-Thurs: 7:45am-11:45pm

Friday: 7:45am-10:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Sunday: 12 noon-11:45pm

Summer Hours

Mon-Thurs: 7:45am-10:00pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Sunday: Closed