ICSM 10500 - 53: Art and Activism

ICSM 10500-53: Art and Activism

This course guide will help you find material (both in print and online) that is relevant to this course and your chosen topics.   Here, you'll learn how to
  •     find books in our online catalog
  •     determine which databases are relevant
  •     get material that the library doesn't own through Interlibrary Loan.
You'll also find a few  tips on refining your search strategies.

(photo: Judy Baca, Unsigned Indian Treaties, detail Great Wall of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California [photo uploaded from Flickr.com]

Finding Books in the Library

Keyword searching works well for most topics, but if you retrieve a lot of 'misses' instead of 'hits', try searching by AUTHOR or SUBJECT

By Author: To see which books the library own by a particular author, search last name, first name:

By Subject: To find books about an author as well as criticism and interpretation, use a subject search. 
Please note: In AUTHOR, TITLE and SUBJECT searches, word order is important, but punctuaion and capitalization  is not.  Write down the call number and use the WHERE button to find the corresponding stack number and floor.
Here are a few subject headings that may be of interest:

AIDS activists
Animal rights activists
Art -- Political aspects
Art and social action
College costs United States
Gay activists
Government, Resistance to
Hydraulic fracturing
Indian activists
Lesbian activists
Marcellus Shale
Minorities -- Political activity
Occupy movement
Occupy Wall Street movement
Political activists
Political plays
Protest movements
Social movements
Student movements
Student protesters
Students -- Political activity
Theater -- Political aspects
Women political activists
Workers theater
Youth -- Political activity
Youth movements

Art Databases

Here are a few subject headings that may be useful in the following databases:
Activism -- In art
Art -- Political aspects
Community arts projects
Ecological art -- Exhibitions
Environmental Activism
Environmental degradation -- Exhibitions
Gay activists
Global warming -- Exhibitions
Marginality, Social, in art   
Petroleum industry in art -- Exhibitions
Political activists
Postcolonialism & the arts
Protest art
Social criticism
Social movements in art  
Violence against women -- In art
Water conservation
Water rights
Water supply

Art Full Text

Art Index Retrospective

Biography in Context

Project Muse

Using Worldcat

WorldCat (via FirstSearch) provides bibliographic information for over 41 million books and multimedia owned by libraries worldwide.  WorldCat has a convenient link in each record which allows you to connect to Ithaca College Library's Interlibrary Loan form.  Once you find a record of a book or dvd  that looks useful which the library doesn't own, use the blue ILL icon to access and autofill your order record.

Contact Us

picture of Jennifer Richards
Fine Arts Librarian
(607) 274-1199

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