Writing and Research

Below you will find links to helpful online resources for helping you write a paper, do research, visit local art libraries, and more.

Writing A Paper

Below you will find links to writing related information, including how to cite your work, how to evaluate information found on the web, and how to recognize and avoid plagiarism.

Evaluation
Evaluating Web Resources 

Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Turabian and Chicago Styles Citations

Modern Language Association (MLA) Format
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association)

Plagiarism
What Constitutes Plagiarism?
CCA Plagiarism Quiz

Copyright and Fair Use Information
Guide from Stanford University
Copyright Crash Course

Creating Citations
EasyBib

 

Reference Sources

ArtLex: Definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art / visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross references.

Dictionary of Visual Symbols: more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.

Getty Vocabularies: The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials.

Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body: Features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.

Area Libraries

Barnes Foundation
Art Library – Borrowing is allowed through TCLC.* Please check the Access Policy before you go.

Free Library of Philadelphia
Main Branch — Many ebooks and online databases are available to holders of a Free Library of Philadelphia card.
Get a Free Library Card.     Already have one? Go here.

Moore College of Art and Design
Connelly Library – Borrowing is allowed through TCLC.* Please check the Access Policy before you go.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum Library — No Borrowing. Access to the Library is free. Visitors may request a Researcher’s Pass from the guard at the Perelman Building entrance.

University of Pennsylvania
Main Library — No Borrowing. Please check the Access Policy before you go.
Fisher Fine Arts Library — No Borrowing. Please check the Access Policy before you go.

University of the Arts
Greenfield Library – No Borrowing. Please check the Access Policy before you go.

*TCLC
The Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC), an organization of over 45 college and university libraries, including Moore College of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Saint Joseph’s University, and Villanova University. PAFA students in good standing may borrow directly from any of the member libraries listed here.