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Museum Studies

A guide to Gleeson Library for Museum Studies Graduate Students


Multisubject Databases

Subject Databases

You can search for subject databases by looking in the A-Z Database list

Here are a couple of other databases that might be good for this particular assignment:

Art and Architecture Source (full text)

Bibliography of the History of Art (this is an index, and does not always provide full text of articles. If you find what appears to be a useful article, please feel free to order it from ILL).

Oxford bibliographies (this is an index, and does not always provide full text of articles. If you find what appears to be a useful article, please feel free to order it from ILL).

Wiley Online Library (full text. Includes ebooks and articles)

Database Search Strategies

Too many results?

  • Make use of the limiters in databases. For example, remember to limit your search to journal articles and use date limiters to limit your results to recent scholarship, published within the last few years, if necessary.
  • Link keywords with AND -- the database should return ONLY those results that contain ALL of the keywords linked with AND, therefore limiting your results.
  • Try doing a subject search instead of keyword search. Subject searches are more targeted searches, and may increase the relevancy or usefulness of your results.

​Too few results? 

  • Experiment with different keywords that you haven't used yet. 
  • Use an asterisk as a wild card. Example: sustainab* searches for sustainable, sustainability, etc.
  • Link synonyms with OR. For example: architecture OR design OR building. The database should return results that contain ANY of the keywords linked by OR, therefore expanding your search.

Additional reminders

  • Put short phrases in quotations to search for the phrase exactly. Example: "museum studies" searches for that exact phrase, rather than the words museum and studies separately.
  • In most databases, there is an option to limit to peer reviewed journal articles.

How Do I Find the Full-Text of Articles?

  • Click on the USF Find Full-Text link or button to see if we have access to the full-text (usually a pdf) of the article at USF. This will help you determine whether the article is available at USF through another database, other online subscriptions, or the the library’s print holdings. For more information, watch the tutorial Using USF: Find Full-text.
  • Use the Document Delivery portal to request articles USF owns or to request articles that USF does not own.

Stuck? Try Ask a Librarian:

Journal Finder

Use Journal Finder to find specific, individual journals and magazines related to Museum Studies. These journals and journal articles are searchable through databases listed above, but sometimes it is helpful to go directly to the journal to search or browse.