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MONT 199C-S11: Art and Contemporary Activism (Trafton)

Spring 2024

Library Catalogs

Use the Library Catalog to search for books (including e-books) and print journals related to your topic. The catalog will search for print books and journals that we own in the library in addition to e-books that can be accessed online. The default search will search for keywords, but you can also search by title, author, subject, or call number. Learn more about call numbers here.

Access the Library Catalog search through the library home page ( Above the search bar, select "Library Catalog."

Screenshot of the library catalog search

The library catalog uses subject terms to label or "tag" the main topics in a book. Subject terms are used to put everything related to one topic under a consistent label to make it easier to find with a search. Knowing the relevant subject terms for your topic can help streamline your search by essentially helping you speak the catalog's language.

When you search in the catalog, you will be able to see the subject terms assigned to your results when you click for more details about a search result. Try using one of those subjects in your next search to see what results it brings back.

For art sources, subject terms will typically include the medium (for example, "painting" or "sculpture"), the country or region where the art is from, and may include the art movement. Generally, time periods are noted in subject terms by century, not specific dates. For example, a book about contemporary art may have the subject terms "Art, Modern -- 21st century." 

CrossSearch (also known as EBSCO Discovery Service) is a one-stop search tool that enables users to simultaneously search most of the informational resources available through the library, including:

  • Books, ebooks, archival materials, media and music scores owned by the Holy Cross Libraries.
  • Research databases like Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, ARTstor and ProQuest Central.
  • E-journal collections like JSTOR and ScienceDirect.
  • The Holy Cross digital repository CrossWorks.
  • Open Access collections such as HaithiTrust Digital Library

As you can see, CrossSearch looks in many different places and for many different types of sources. In one search, you might see results for academic journal articles, books in the library’s collection, films, newspaper articles, and more. This can be a good place to start if you want to see a broad scope of the resources available on your topic. However, because CrossSearch includes so many types of resources, you might find you need to filter these results more than you would in a more specific database.

CrossSearch is best accessed through the library home page (

Screenshot of CrossSearch on the Holy Cross Libraries home page. It is a search box with a purple background.

Using CrossSearch

By default, CrossSearch retrieves items in the Holy Cross Libraries' collections that match your search terms. To expand your results, uncheck "Catalog & Full Text Only" on the results screen. If you discover an item we do not have access to, you may need to place an interlibrary loan request.  

More Resources

Not everything owned by the Holy Cross Libraries is included in CrossSearch. You may wish to search individual research databases using our Research Databases list.  

CrossSearch Demonstration

Finding Books: Dinand and WAM

The Visual Arts Wing is located in the Dinand Library on the same floor as the Reading Room.  It contains all art and photography books -- call numbers that begin with N or TR, respectively -- as well as current print magazines and journals related to art and photography.

The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) Library is a close partner of the Holy Cross Libraries and all members of the campus community have access to its resources. Their books are listed in our catalog and you can request them to be picked up in Dinand.

When looking at a book in the catalog, be sure to note the Location as well as the Call Number. Oversize books are shelved separately and will say "Oversize" in the location and have a plus sign (+) in the call number.

Research Databases and Guides

Research Databases

Library Guides

Museum Resources

Newspaper Databases - Subscriptions

Follow the instructions below each newspaper title to activate your subscription. For these newspapers, once you have activated your subscription you can access articles directly from the newspaper website.

Newspaper Databases

These newspapers are available through library databases. Use the library links to browse current and past issues of the paper. 

Interlibrary Loan

Art Ebooks

Citing Sources - Chicago Manual of Style

*These examples are in the Notes-Bibliography style*

Book with a single author or editor 

Footnote: Susan Walker, ed., Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt (New York: Routledge, 2000), 10. 

Bibliography: Walker, Susan, ed. Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt. New York: Routledge, 2000. 

Journal article from an online database

Footnote: Dominic Montserrat, "The Representation of Young Males in 'Fayum Portraits,'" The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 79 (1993): 220,

Bibliography: Montserrat, Dominic. "The Representation of Young Males in 'Fayum Portraits.'" The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 79 (1993): 215-25.

Newspaper article from an online database

Footnote: Alan Riding, "Under the Probing Gaze of the Egyptian Dead," New York Times, April 26,1997, ProQuest New York Times Historical.

Bibliography: Riding, Alan. "Under the Probing Gaze of the Egyptian Dead." New York Times, April 26, 1997. ProQuest New York Times Historical.

Page from a website

Footnote: Rachel Sabino, "Gilding the Dead: Mummy Portraits in Roman Egypt," Art Institute Chicago, last modified October 23, 2019,

Bibliography: Sabino, Rachel. "Gilding the Dead: Mummy Portraits in Roman Egypt." Art Institute Chicago. Last modified October 23, 2019.

Entry in an online encyclopedia

Footnote: Grove Art Online, s.v. "Cameo Glass," by Gordon Campbell, accessed April 4, 2024,

Note: "s.v." stands for "sub verbo" or "under the word." It is used before the entry title in the footnote to indicate when articles are listed alphabetically, instead of with a volume or edition number.

Bibliography: Online reference works like major dictionaries and encyclopedias are generally cited in footnotes, not the bibliography. 

Published or broadcast interviews

Footnote (audio/radio interview with text accompaniment): Tariq Trotter, “'Music was There for Me When I Needed It,' The Roots Co-Founder Tariq Trotter Says,” interview by Tonya Mosley, Fresh Air, November 7, 2023, 

Bibliography: Trotter, Tariq. “'Music was There for Me When I Needed It,' The Roots Co-Founder Tariq Trotter Says.” By Tonya Mosley. Fresh Air, November 7, 2023.

Footnote (video interview): Njideka Akynyuli Crosby, “Inhabiting Multiple Spaces,” interview with Tate Modern, Tate, October 3, 2016,

Bibliography: Crosby, Njideka Akynyuli. “Inhabiting Multiple Spaces.” By Tate Modern. Tate, October 3, 2016, 

For other multimedia examples, see Chicago Manual of Style 14.267 Videos, podcasts, and other online multimedia