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Types of Resources

Consider what types of documents might be relevant to your research :

  • Books (consider a book that addresses a theme that you would like to build on)
  • Exhibitions catalogues (look at previous exhibition catalogues for the artist(s) and read the curatorial essays)
  • Exhibition reviews (has a review been published for the exhibition you're writing about)
  • Subject – encyclopedia article (look up references to art movements, artists, etc that you are not familiar with)
  • Newspaper article (you might find an interesting review of the exhibition in a Canadian newspaper)
  • Magazine article (has anything been published in Canadian Art, for example, about the show?)
  • Scholarly-peer-reviewed journal article (find articles in academic journals to help you build on the theme and context of your chosen topic)


Start with a General Search (a search that interfaces with all of our print and electronic resources)

The majority of databases can be searched together through the library’s General Search. However, if you are interested in a more limited search you can access the following databases individually.

Please note, when accessing databases from off campus you will need to login using your ECU email user name and password. For the full list of databases the library offers please visit the databases link on the library home page.

Listed below is a selection of authoritative and scholarly databases.

Search Engines vs. Databases: Why not Google everything?

  • Search engines are important tools that point you to websites, just remember to ask where the information on the website is coming from.
  • Websites can be useful tools for accessing information on professional organizations, other Libraries and Colleges, Museum and Gallery Collections, designers, professional associations, etc.
  • Remember that information on the Internet is not always current, accurate or authoritative. Ask questions like : Who made and maintains this site ? What are their credentials ? Is the information current ?
  • Always write down the URL of the website and the date you accessed the site in case you decide to include this information in your research documentation

Journals and Magazines

Journals can be accessed in multiple ways, depending on each individual title: in print at the ECU
Library, on the Internet as an e-journal, full text in an ECU Library-subscribed database, in person or via inter-library loan from another library (ILL).
Having difficulty locating a specific journal? – speak with a librarian       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC