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Type your search terms in the above box, using author, title, subject or keyword to locate the information you need for your topic.  This search will locate any books, media, and web sites that are relevant to the terms you typed in.  This will search the SAILS online catalog for the materials you are looking for.


SAILS, Learning Resources Center's online catalog contains all the books and other materials that the Library purchases. Use it to search for a specific author or title or to compile a bibliography on a specific topic. The Learning Resources Center uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. To find books on a particular subject, use the Keyword search option. Then look at the subjects under which it has been cataloged to find additional items on the subject.

Massachusetts Virtual Catalog

The Virtual Catalog is the easiest way to get a book if you can't find it in the SAILS online catalog. The Virtual Catalog is the combined catalog of Bridgewater State College, CLAMS Library Network, Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Inc.(C/W Mars), Fenway Libraries Online (FLO), Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, MetroBoston Library Network, Minuteman Library Network, North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), SAILS Library Network (SAILS), University of Massachusetts, Boston, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Westfield State College

After doing a search in SAILS, you can click the "Search the Virtual Catalog".   You can also click on the link for the Virtual Catalog to log into the virtual catalog directly.

The Virtual Catalog allows library users in good standing to:

  • Simultaneously search several library catalogs.
  • Request items that are unavailable at any SAILS Library.
  • Have a total of 5 active requests at any time.

Credo Reference

Listed below are some of the titles available in Credo Reference under the heading of "Art".

A Biographical Dictionary of Artists, Andromeda
Covering over 1300 artists, this comprehensive and detailed reference source will be of great value to anyone researching art and its history. The dictionary is made up of alphabetically arranged entries for painters (such as Monet, architects (such as Aalto, and sculptors (such as Brancusi from pre-Christian times to the present (see, for example, Berlin painter, Hockney.

The coverage of the book is truly global, with many Asian and African artists included. Each artist's entry includes dates, training, career, influences on his or her work, and, for approximately one-third of the artists, a bibliography of further reading.

Bloomsbury Guide to Art
The Bloomsbury Guide to Art is one of the most up-to-date and comprehensive surveys of the history of art and architecture available today. It is an invaluable reference source and provides a fascinating insight into the origins and significance of the work of Western artists and architects.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists
International and up-to-date, this copiously cross-referenced dictionary provides information on over 2,500 artists, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, schools and movements, including essential information on contemporary art and artists, not available elsewhere, and on techniques, materials, terms, and writers who have influenced artists. This indispensable source book is now extensively revised, supplemented and updated with 200 new entries, including Installation Art, Frida Kahlo, Rachel Whiteread, Bill Viola

The Thames & Hudson Encyclopaedia of Impressionism
Here, in a single, concise volume, is all that the art lover and the student will ever want to know about what is undoubtedly the most popular and significant event in the history of painting. Some 300 entries cover not only the lives and careers of the main participants - painters (eg Monet), critics (eg Zola), patrons, dealers and collectors, as well as writers and musicians - but also techniques, prices and localities, while a wealth of information on the cultural, social and political background helps to set Impressionism in context.