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MFAST - Studio Art (Low-Residency MFA)

About this Guide

Here is a research guide for the Studio Art Low-Residency MFA (MFAST). Get in touch with Kathy Cowan (liaison librarian) with questions or to arrange one-on-one research consultation via phone, email, or video.

Image from Delivery of Color (2015) by Ashley Lohr, MFAST Thesis

Catalog Search

Use the Decker Library catalog to find:

  • Books
  • Videos
  • eBooks
  • Journal articles
  • and many other resources!

Basic Library and Citation Review

Information Literacy (video)
This video on In Learning gives an excellent overview of the research process in an art and design context. Sections include:

Types of Resources | Search Strategies | Resource Evaluation | Ethical Use of Information | Citation

Chicago-Style Citation

Interlibrary Loan
Decker Library's Interlibrary Loan form is here

  • Interlibrary Loan is a quick way to receive:
    • Journal articles: request the article by providing the full citation
    • Book chapters: request the book and specify the portion needed. Ways to scope out the contents of specific books include: Find the title in Google Books where the Table of Contents may be included in a preview; Find the book on Amazon where you can download a sample of the Kindle edition, including a Table of Contents.
  • Electronic materials will be sent to you by email
  • Physical books can be borrowed for people who are able to pick up and return them at Decker Library
  • We are not able to borrow eBooks on Interlibrary Loan
  • Contact our super Interlibrary Loan staff directly at

Evaluating Sources

Resource Evaluation (Section 3 of the Information Literacy video) covers these topics in 20 minutes:
Beyond Google | The Web vs. Databases | Scholarly vs. Popular Publications
Criteria for Evaluating Information | Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Writing About Contemporary Art | Hardcopy or Online | Where to Find

  • Decker Library catalog includes books, circulating DVDs and streaming videos
  • Decker Library's subscription databases are a good starting point:
    • Art & Architecture Source -  Art writing back to 1929, much full text, scholarly and popular writing, eBooks
    • JSTOR - Journals from art and humanities journals and many other disciplines. All scholarly, all full text. Will not include the most recent 3-5 years.
    • National Newspapers - Includes New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun in full text, back to the late 20th century.
    • ... more here ...

Selected Books on Art Writing

Decker Library Hours

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

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