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Art History Research Methods


What is it?

OneSearch is a tool that allows you to search across multiple collections of resources all at once. It searches the CUNY-wide catalog as well a selected databases. 


Searching for Books within CUNY

Search Tips:

  • Search by artist, movement, period, and other keywords. 
  • Do NOT search solely by the title of your art object.
  • Do NOT panic if you cannot find information about your specific object. Discussing your object as it relates to similar objects of the same style, period, location, artist is legitimate.
  • NOTE: You may have to go to the library and look inside the books to know if your object or related objects are discussed.


Example search terms:

  • Frida Kahlo = Artist/Creator
  • Mexican Modernism, Modernism, 20th century, mid-century, 1940s, 1950s = Movement/Style/Period
  • Mexico = Location/Region
  • Painting, portraiture, self-portrait = Technique
  • Mexican = Culture/Religion/Reign

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Still can't find the book you need? Search millions of items owned by libraries around the world and then request it via Interlibrary Loan.


Arcade is the catalog of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).

Arcade unites the collections of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art.