Research Guide: Scene Design (TA 270)

Library Catalogs--find books & more


MnPALS Quick Fitz Library Catalog

Search for books and audio-visual materials located in the Fitzgerald Library. Check your account for Due dates & Renewals.


Tammy Honesty's Recommended Book List


Browse for:

  • illustrated fairy tales in sections 398.2 in the Children's Collection and the General Collection (lower level)
  • books on costumes in the 391s (lower level) & the 792s (upper level)
  • books on household furnishings in the 645s (upper level)
  • books on buildings in the 690s (upper level)
  • books on architecture in the 720s (upper level)
  • books on interior decoration in the 747s (lower level)
  • books on furniture in the 749s (lower level)


Search WorldCat to locate materials not in our library. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order. For more information about how to obtain these items see our Interlibrary Loan page.


Reference Universe

Search for books in the Fitzgerald Reference Collection.

Databases and Indexes--find articles


Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 4,600 publications. There are 28 journals indexed here specifically in the theater discipline and 37 in architecture.

1975--current | Some full text | More info


Art Index 

This resource covers fine, decorative, and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film and architecture. In addition, Art Index includes expanded Latin American, Canadian, Asian, and non-Western art.   In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. 

1984--current | Citations only | More info



Access to the online version of Britannica Encyclopaedia, the academic edition. Good for background on historical time periods and images.

Full Text



OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms. (From OCLC FirstSearch)


Historical Abstracts 

Index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the area of world history. Covers topics from 1450-present and  includes over 2,100 journals published throughout the world. Search this database with America: History & Life (coverage of U.S. and Canada).

1955--current | Some full text| More info


Literature Resource Center

Good for background information on fairy tales. Includes more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines. (from Gale Cengage Learning)

Mostly full text | More Info


MasterFile Premier EBSCO

Provides full text for more than 1,700 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines. Includes biographies, book reviews, travel books, and an image gallery. 

1975--current | Some full text | More info



Choose from all Fitzgerald Library indexes and databases


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Journals A-Z

Search an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection both online and in print. If we do not have the journal you need to access your article, you may order the article through interlibrary loan.


Research Help

Search tips (Boolean operators truncation/wildcards), citation examples, and more


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Reference Books of Note


Children's Book Illustration and Design. Edited by Julie Cummins. PBC International, 1992.

R741.642 C53


Dictionary of Art. Edited by Jane Turner. Grove, 1998.
R703 D55| 34 volumes


Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Edited by Joan Marter. Oxford, 2011.

R709.7303 G88 | 5 volumes


Encyclopedia of Design. Hart Publishing, 1982.

R745.403 E56


Encyclopedia of Visual Art. Edited by Lawrence Gowing. Britannica, 1989.

R703 E56g | 5 volumes


Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture. Edited by Gordon Campbell. Oxford, 2007.

R700.93 G88 | 2 volumes


Isms: Understanding Art. Stephan Little. Universe, 2005.

R709 L77


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Recommended Web sites



"Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories--Beauty and

Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda--dated between 1911

and 1955."


Amsterdam Museum
Online collection from the Amsterdam Museum.


Art History Resources
This excellent resource is maintained by art historian Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe. It contains links to images and information on art that are broken down into categories.


British Library Flickr
The British Library has been making tons of images available to the general public. Here is their massive Flickr account.



"University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts."



From the University of California, Berkeley, "CalPhotos is a collection of 403,961 photos

of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes from around the world. A variety of organizations and individuals have contributed photographs to CalPhotos. Please be aware that these various contributors maintain copyright and follow the usage guidelines provided with each image."


Costume at the Victoria Albert Museum

"Among the Theatre and Performance collections there are over 3,500 stage costumes and accessories--ranging from complete outfits to individual headdresses. All are a tribute to the creativity and skills of designers and costume makers from the mid 18th century to today, in every kind of live performance - drama, opera, dance, musicals, pantomime, rock and pop, music hall, cabaret, circus."


Creative Commons

Copyright-free Image sites


Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum

"Spanning four centuries, the V&A's Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world. Key items in the collection include rare 17th-century gowns, 18th-century 'mantua' dresses, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture. Plus a growing number of pieces from 21st-century designers."


Fashion Plate Collection from the University of Washington Digital Collections

Fashion plates from the 19th and early 20th century


Getty Open Content Images

Part of the Getty Open Content program to "share images of works of art for free, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs, will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects."

Getty Publications Virtual Library
Art related "Free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives."


Global Performing Arts Database

"GloPAD records include digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world."


Google Art Project

"The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 art partners from across 40 countries." "Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share."


Guggenheim books and catalogues: From the Archives | Books and Catalogues About the Collection
"As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum's Publications Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections."

HathiTrust Digital Library

"HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than 80 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations."



"The search platform for the collections of the Media History Digital Library, an open access initiative led by David Pierce and Eric Hoyt. The Media History Digital Library (MHDL) digitizes collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. The project is supported by owners of materials who loan them for scanning, and donors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning."


LOC: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
Online collection from the Library of Congress.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art's online collection.


Met Publications
"Five decades of Met publications on art history, available to read, download, and/or search for free."


Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Costume Institute

"The Costume Institute houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present."


Mother of all Art and Art History Links Pages
This is an excellent resource maintained by the University of Michigan containing links to images, collections, information resources, art departments, museums, and fine arts departments.


Motley Collection of Theatre and Art Design

" A valuable source of documentation on the history of theatre and housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library. It is a rare collection of original materials on the theatre comprising over 5000 items from more than 150 productions in England and the United States. These materials include costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric."


NYPL Digital Gallery

"Provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more."


Online collection from the Rijksmuseum including many works from Dutch masters.


Russian Fairy Tale Image Collection


Shakespeare Illustrated

"Shakespeare Illustrated, a work in progress, explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another."


Shared Shelf Commons (From ARTstor)

"Shared Shelf Commons is a free, open-access library of images. Search and browse collections with tools to zoom, print, export, and share images. Institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, a Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections, can share their images with the world via the Commons."


Smithsonian Centre Collections Search Center

" Online catalog containing most of Smithsonian major collections from our museums, archives, libraries, and research units. There are 8.1 million catalog records relating to areas for Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology with 860,477 images, videos, audio files, podcasts, blog posts and electronic journals."


Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Freely downloadable artworks from the Statens Museum for Kunst.


UC Press e-book collection
"UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the entire collection of electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while more than 700 of the titles are available to the public."


V&A's Theatre Collection

"This Theatre and Performance collection was founded in the 1920s when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collection of theatrical designs, memorabilia, books and photographs to the Museum. Since then the collection has continued to grow and has provided a home for many other significant objects and archives. All areas of the live performing arts are represented in the collections, documenting both current practice and the history of the performing arts in the UK."



"VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK."


Walters Art Museum--Online Collection

The online collection from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.


WikiAfrica Brooklyn Museum
A collection of art related to Africa from the Brooklyn Museum.


World Digital Library

This resource has primary materials from cultures around the world. One can find maps, prints, photographs, and more.


Yale Center for British Art
The online collection from the Yale Center for British Art.


Yale University Library Digital Collections

"The cross-collection search above retrieves results from over 500,000 images in selected Library Digital Collections."


Help Guides

Information on citing Images in MLA

How to Use Primary Sources

ALA's Using Primary Sources on the Web


You Suck at PowerPoint!

This resource is a guide from Jesse Desjardins about using PowerPoint and avoiding 5 common design mistakes.




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