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Course & Subject Guides

Museum Studies Research - Oakland Campus: Finding Materials

Designed to assist students in Prof. Peters Museum Studies course

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases that classify materials.  To perform a subject search using one of the subject headings listed below, follow these steps:

  1. Go to homepage
  2. Click the PittCat Classic tab 
  3. Select Subject Heading from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter "Museums -- Collection Management " for example 
  5. Click Enter  

Subject Headings: 

Museums -- Collection Management 

Museums -- Educational Aspects 

Museums -- Periodicals 

Museums -- United States 

Museum Techniques


Database Searching

This section will provide examples of search terms to use when searching some key art databases that the library links to. For a more comprehensive list of all the Art and Architecture databases, click here.

Art Full Text: 1984-present

Search Terms: 

Museum Studies | Museum Education | Theft from Museums | Museum Techniques | Museum Studies Literature | Museum Curatorship Museum Acquisitions Collection Management (Museums) Museums -- Gifts, Legacies Modern Art Museums

Oxford Art Online

Search Terms: 

Exhibits | Museum of Modern Art, New York | Museology | Museums and Aesthetics | Museum of fine Arts, Boston | Exhibition 

ARTBibliographies Modern (ABM) 

Search Terms: 

Museum Studies | Museums and Galleries Theory | Alternative Spaces | Museum Education | Museum Curator | University Museum | Museum Visitor Studies | Museum Mission Statement | Museum Statistics

International Bibliography of Art: 2008-present

Search Terms: 

Museum Studies | Museum Culture | Eco Museum | Museum Architecture | Making of Modern Museum | American Museums | Museum Experience




Museum Collections on Artstor

Artstor has collections of over 2 million digital art images and associated data that can be used for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use. Images are international in scope and coverage includes a wide variety of civilizations, time-periods and media. The images are drawn from different sources, such as museums, archeological teams, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference publishers.