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Contemporary Art: 21st Century

Use the following sources to locate secondary sources (scholarly & popular) on contemporary art. 

Top Databases for Visual Arts

Lely, Peter (1618-1680). Portrait of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth (detail). 1671-1674. Oil on canvas. 125.1 × 101.6 cm (49 1/4 × 40 in.). England. From: The J. Paul Getty Museum, (accessed January 27, 2020).


What is a database? When we talk about databases, what we are referring to are specialized search tools that contain a subject or discipline-specific collection of published materials like books, articles, images, video, and/or audio. There are many databases available to Brock University students. Below you will find a short list of suggested databases to explore in the Visual Arts.



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Search ARTstor Digital Library

Anonymous. Namban (Southern Barbarians). Mamoyama period, late 16th century. Pair of screens. 152.4 x 363.8 cm. (each screen). The Art Institute of Chicago, Robert Endowment Fund, Illinois, USA. From: ARTstor Digital Library, (accessed January 27, 2020).


Our subscription to ARTstor gives you access to over 2.5+ million high quality images from leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists. Please note: in order to download images for use, you will need to create a free account (use your Brock email address).

Take a tour and check out this tutorial for the basics of how to use ARTstor. 

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Citing: MLA & Chicago Style

For the research paper, Dr. Knight will accept MLA or Chicago Style. 
Find online help or use the print style guides in the library: